Since the Chinese occupation of Tibet in 1949, Tibetans have faced religious persecution, imprisonment, torture, forced eviction and land seizure. Monks and nuns are made to endure ‘patriotic re-education programmes’ in which they must denounce the Dalai Lama; their monasteries and nunneries have been destroyed by the Chinese government.
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the incarnation of the 11th Panchen Lama, considered the highest ranking Lama under the Dalai Lama, was abducted by Chinese authorities. Nyima currently lives out his eighteenth year in an undisclosed location, while China denies the United Nation's human rights authorities the ability to confirm his wellbeing.
Even the Tibetan flag and national anthem are banned by the Chinese government. Just having a picture of the Dalai Lama can lead to persecution. Stand with organizations like The International Campaign for Tibet and help end this religious oppression in Tibet!
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To: Secretary of State John Kerry
Chinese authorities have destroyed thousands of Tibetan monasteries, and an estimated one million Tibetans have been imprisoned, tortured and executed. The U.S. must pressure the Chinese government to address these injustices right away.
Since March 2011, more than 100 Tibetans have set themselves aflame protesting Chinese persecution. I stand with organizations like The International Campaign for Tibet: While U.S.-Chinese relations are important, basic human rights and religious freedom in Tibet must be a priority.
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