Leadership Council for Human Rights

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Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Chinese intellectuals denounce governmental actions against Tibet

Chinese intellectuals in Shanghai have circulated a petition speaking out against the government’s “one sided” propaganda campaign about Tibet, The New York Times reported Monday.

The petition blames the government of “fanning racial hatred” in China because it has blamed ethnic Tibetans and the Dalai Lama for the violence. The state-controlled media has been accusing international media of placing too much focus on the Tibetan crisis, which is why China has banned international journalists and most foreigners from Tibet, as well as from nearby areas where many Tibetans live.

The petitioners voice their support for the Dalai Lama in the document. “In order to prevent similar incidents from happening in the future, the government must abide by the freedom of religious belief and the freedom of speech explicitly enshrined in the Chinese Constitution, thereby allowing the Tibetan people to fully express their grievances and hopes and permitting citizens of all nationalities to freely criticize and make suggestions regarding the government’s nationality policies.”

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