1. The peaceful buddhist country of Tibet was invaded by
Communists China in 1949. Since that time, over 1.2 million out of 6 Tibetans
have been killed, over 6000 monastaries have been destroyed, and thousands of
TIbetans have been imprisoned.
2. In Tibet today, there is no freedom of speech, religion,
or press and arbitrary dissidents continue.
3. The Dalai Lama, Tibet's political and spiritual leader,
fled to India in 1959. He now lives among over 100,000 other Tibetan refugees
and their government in exile.
4. Forced abortion, sterilization of Tibetan women and the
transfer of low income Chinese citizens threaten the survival of Tibet's unique
culture. In some Tibetan provinces, Chinese settlers outnumber Tibetans 7 to 1.
5. Within China itself, massive human rights abuses
continue. It is estimated that there up to twenty million Chinese citizens
working in prison camps.
6. Most of the Tibetan plataeu lies above 14,000 feet. Tibet
is the source of five of Asia's greatest rivers, which over 2 billion people
depend upon. Since 1959, the Chinese government estimates that they have removed
over $54 billion worth of timber. Over 80% of their forests have been destroyed,
and large amoutns nuclear and toxic waste have been disposed of in Tibet.
7. Despite these facts and figures, the US government and US
corporations continue to support China economically. This shows their blatant
lack of respect for these critical issues of political and religious freedom and
Yes, things are bad, but you may still ask, why Tibet? There
are hundreds of other countries in which equal or worse environmental and human
rights devistation has occured. Why Tibet? Tibet can be used as the catalyst for
change in human rights, womens rights, political, religious and cultural freedom
across the globe. Through a concerted effort, the citizens of Earth can stand up
and say "NO!" to the corporations and governments that continue to abuse it's
people and misuse it's resources. The struggles in Tibet are symbolic for every
human rights struggle. Please, get involved. There is only a limited time left
until there will longer be a Tibet to save.
Unfortunately, I don t see in the horizon of the next 10-15 years or more any change in the chinese govt. towards Tibet.
It will push progress, modernization and "chinesation" in a move aimed to destroy or at least manipulate and control the tibetan culture.