Appello a Gordon Brown per un Tibet libero e una Cina con più diritti

Pubblichiamo la lettera di Riccardo Zerbetto e della Laogai Research Foundation Italia, al primo Ministro inglese Gordon Brown, nella quale si chiede al premier britannico di assicurarsi che la grave situazione del Tibet, sotto costante pressione militare e politica da parte della Cina, sia fatta presente al Presidente cinese Hu Jintao e sia discussa tra tutti i membri del Consiglio con la giusta importanza durante il summit del G20 in consesso oggi a Londra.

Segue la lettera in inglese

The Rt Hon Gordon Brown MP

10 Downing Street

London SW1A 2AA

United Kingdom

Date 1th April 2009

Dear Prime Minister,

I am asking you to take a leading role in ensuring that the grave situation in Tibet is raised with China’s President Hu Jintao at the G20 summit on 2 April.

As you are aware, Tibet is currently under de facto martial law as China attempts to crush even the most peaceful acts of dissent. Just last week, a 27 year-old monk named Phuntsok Rabten was beaten to death by Chinese police for posting pro-Tibet posters in his village in eastern Tibet.

That Tibetans continue to risk their lives by engaging in such acts of peaceful resistance in the face of extreme violence speaks volumes about the depth of their frustration with China’s consistent failure to work with the Dalai Lama to secure a resolution to its 50-year occupation of Tibet.

In October 2008, your government made a renewed commitment to support Tibet that was expressed by the British Foreign Secretary in the following statement: “….Britain has been clear under this Government about our commitment to the people of Tibet. We remain deeply concerned about the human rights situation there.”

Since that time, Tibetans have suffered under the most repressive political conditions in decades, and Chinese forces have only intensified their military clampdown as Tibetans mark the 50th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising and the escape of their beloved leader, the Dalai Lama, into exile.

To prevent the further loss of Tibetan lives, it is essential the international community acts swiftly and in unison. The G20 meeting is a vital opportunity to raise these issues directly with China’s President Hu Jintao. I call on you to, individually and multilaterally, do the following:

* Obtain a personal guarantee from Hu Jintao to stop using disproportionate and lethal force against unarmed civilians in Tibet.

* Press Hu Jintao to accede to the United Nations’ recent request for a “thorough and independent inquiry” into China’s excessive use of force including against peaceful protesters.

* Engage in efforts to bring the Chinese government together with the Dalai Lama in serious negotiations to bring about a lasting resolution for Tibet.

As the host of the G-20 summit, you have a unique opportunity to fulfill these requests and to show leadership by ensuring that other government leaders attending the summit join you in pressing China on these issues.

By raising Tibet directly with China’s President Hu Jintao, you will also send a clear message to the Chinese government that even in this time of economic turmoil, the British government will stand by its moral principles and commitment to promote international respect for human rights.

Yours sincerely,

Riccardo Zerbetto

Toni Brandi

Laogai Research Foundation Italia


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