Go back, go back, Tibetans go back!

Video grab an image of students of SUMAA staging a protest against Tibetans in Bomdila, India, on 16 July 2018.

 

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Following persistent protests by a student group asking Tibetans to leave, and others shutting Tibetans out from their businesses, in the northeastern state of Arunachal Pradesh in India, another group has now demanded that Tibetans be verified whether they are refugees or living illegally as locals.

The Students’ United Movement of All Arunachal (SUMAA) has been protesting since last year. On 16 July they held a protest, shouting slogans such as “Go back, go back, Tibetan go back”. They have demanded the State and the Central Governments of India to immediately roll back the Tibetan Rehabilitation Policy 2014, which provides certain welfare schemes to the Tibetans.

Videos showed students of the group vandalizing Tibetan shops and tearing down their signboards, while police looked on but taking no action against t

SUMAA has also demanded the cancellation of the Scheduled Tribe (ST) certificates issued illegally to Tibetan refugees, surrender of trading licenses obtained by Tibetan refugees, a written undertaking from the Central Tibetan Administration not to claim Indian citizenship, and deportation of Tibetans to the demarcated camps allotted to them from the places where they are operating businesses in other parts of the state such as the capital Itanagar.

Another group called All-West Kameng District Students’ Union (AWKDSU) has stated that their Union is not against Tibetans being allotted land for settlement in the state per se, but are demanding the state government to verify whether Tibetans are taking double benefits as a member of a Scheduled Tribe of the state as well as that of a Tibetan refugee.

The Union claimed that out of 123 Tibetan refugees settled in West Kameng, 14 are suspected of using both ST and refugee status.

Meanwhile, the local community leaders have condemned SUMAA’s attitude towards Tibetans and pledged to thwart any undemocratic acts by the group.

The former abbot of Tawang Monastery, a local Monpa, has also called on SUMAA to stop the protests and called on the people to come together to plan for legal action against SUMAA in case of their failure to comply with their requests.

 

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A brief critique on MP Tenpa Yarphel

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A brief​ critique on Deputy Speaker Acharya Yeshi Phuntsok

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Separating Tibetan families: Protected Area Permit for settlements

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Reincarnation of Dalai Lama should be chosen by Tibetans: US

WASHINGTON DC, US, 9 June 2018

Tibetans should choose Buddhist lamas, including the Dalai Lama, as per their beliefs and without interference, the Trump administration has said, in an apparent reference to China’s intervention.

In its latest Tibet negotiations report sent to the Congress, the Trump administration said it was concerned by the Chinese government’s interference in the selection, education, and veneration of Tibetan Buddhist religious leaders.

“The US government believes that respect for Tibetan Buddhists’ universal human right of religious freedom dictates that the succession or identification of Tibetan Buddhist lamas, including the Dalai Lama, should occur without interference, in a manner consistent with their beliefs,” said the report signed by Assistant Secretary of State for Legislative Affairs Mary K Waters.

The US continues to urge the Chinese Government to revise its policies in Tibetan areas that have created tensions; respect and preserve the distinct religious, linguistic, and cultural identity of the Tibetan people; and permit Tibetans to express their grievances freely, publicly, peacefully, and without fear of retribution; it said.

China says that the successor to the Dalai Lama must be chosen according to the religious rituals and historical conventions as well as the backing from the ruling Communist Party.

The report calls upon the Chinese authorities to allow diplomats, journalists, tourists, and others to have unrestricted access to Tibetan areas.

It urges the Chinese Government to respect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all the people in China, including the freedom of movement and the right to leave any country, including one’s own.

Noting that the Chinese government officials and the Dalai Lama or his representatives have not met in formal negotiations since 2010, the report said the US continued to encourage both sides to engage in meaningful and direct dialogue, without preconditions, to lead to a settlement that resolves differences.

The US government remains concerned by the lack of meaningful autonomy for Tibetans within China, ongoing violations and abuses of the human rights of Tibetans in China, and efforts by Chinese authorities to eliminate the distinct religious, linguistic, and cultural identity of Tibetans, the report said.

The US believes the Chinese government must address these concerns to create conditions for a sustainable settlement, which is essential to the long-term stability of the region, it said.

“The US government has maintained close contact with Tibetan religious, cultural, and political leaders to underscore US support, and has expressed its concerns regarding Chinese government actions in bilateral, multilateral, and public venues,” it said.

According to the report, the Department of State maintains close contact with a wide range of religious, cultural, and political leaders of the Tibetan people, including Tibetans in the US, China, India, Nepal, and around the world.

Last year, the Chinese foreign ministry said the successor to the Dharamshala-based 14th Dalai Lama must be chosen according to the religious rituals and historical conventions, including drawing of lots from the Golden Urn in front of the Shakyamuni (Buddha) statue at the Jokhang Temple in Lhasa, followed by the mandatory approval from the ruling Communist Party of China.

Since he fled Tibet in 1959 to escape from the Chinese occupation, the Dalai Lama, 82, has been keeping China on tenterhooks about his successor.

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