Dalai Lama Condemns China Over Tibet

dalailama-3-10-09Today marks the 50th anniversary of His Holiness The Dalai Lama’s exile from Tibet.

Tibetans and their supporters marked the anniversary of their failed uprising against Chinese rule with rallies around the globe as The Dalai Lama delivered a harsh and blistering attack on the Chinese government during a speech today in Dharamsala, India, (the seat of the Tibetan government-in-exile), in reaction to “a new clampdown by China on the Tibetan regions.”

During his speech, His Holiness said that the “Chinese government’s rule of Tibet ‘thrust Tibetans into such depths of suffering and hardship that they literally experienced hell on earth.'” Although the tone of his speech was harsher than in the past, The Dalai Lama did not endorse calls for Tibetan independence, but said:

We Tibetans are looking for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy, an arrangement that would enable Tibetans to live within the framework of the People’s Republic of China. Fulfilling the aspirations of the Tibetan people will enable China to achieve stability and unity. From our side, we are not making any demands based on history. Looking back at history, there is no country in the world today, including China, whose territorial status has remained forever unchanged, nor can it remain unchanged.

Via The Lede:

In the U.S. on Monday, a lawmaker “introduced a resolution to Congress that would urge China to end its “repression” of the Himalayan region.”

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a longtime supporter of Tibet, vowed that Congress would “overwhelmingly” approve the bill on the anniversary on Tuesday.

“The situation in Tibet challenges the conscience of the world,” Pelosi told Tibetans and their supporters inside the US Capitol.

“If freedom-loving people do not speak out for human rights in China and Tibet, then we lose the moral authority to talk about it in any other place in the world,” she said to loud applause.

There’s more on Tibet here and here.

The Dalai Lama has events scheduled in the U.S. in late April and early May.

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4 Responses to Dalai Lama Condemns China Over Tibet

  1. Kt D says:

    This is such a sad situation. It is interesting to see the type of news released
    by Tibetan papers and organizations this week. Since they are obviously
    under Chinese restrictions, most of these papers tend to slam the Dalai Lama
    and mention the recent economic benefits under Chinese rule. Yet there is
    plenty of criticism coming from outside sources–besides U.S. and other
    democratic nations, exiled Tibetans have been consistently reporting and
    critiquing this ongoing breach of freedom. Sadly, though, I am sure this mess
    will continue (as it has for the past 50 years) unless there is some actual
    international pressure placed on China. And with the continual growth of
    China’s economic power, criticizing the huge nation is not at the top of many
    countries’ to-do lists. I watched an interesting video on this situation at
    newsy.com. It shows a few different opinions with their sources and is
    worth watching:


  2. Jordan U says:

    This is a odd kind of new to post yet compelling. they dont usually approve of the Dalai Lama yet they are posting something such as this. Most of the arguments come from outside in nations. This is a news article that is worth reading no doubt

  3. Bjerryberg says:

    Sad to say, but before the Chinese moved into Tibet,–under the theocracy of British Intelligence’s Dalai Lama– Tibet was the last bastion of serfdom–slavery.

    But British billionaires wouldn’t lie to you.

    At least not until they had bought Hedge Fund wife Nancy Pelosi.

  4. Jerry

    Sounds a bit anti-Buddhist to me. So let me just roll my eyes and remind you… The Dalai Lama is one of the great spiritual leaders of our time. He’s respected and admired here.