Support the Dalai Lama

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Please add your name to the petition here to help the people of Tibet:

Petition to Chinese President Hu Jintao:

As citizens around the world, we call on you to show restraint and respect for human rights in your response to the protests in Tibet, and to address the concerns of all Tibetans by opening meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama. Only dialogue and reform will bring lasting stability. China’s brightest future, and its most positive relationship with the world, lies in harmonious development, dialogue and respect.”

Help stop the escalating tension and violence in Tibet and sign the petition and tell your friends.

If you have been living in a bubble and are unaware of the political situation in Tibet, you can find further information here:

Crackdown in Tibet, but protests spreading:
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/mar/19/tibet.china
and
http://www.theage.com.au/news/world/crackdown-on-protests-widens/2008/03/17/1205602289349.html

Dalai Lama calling for dialogue and restraint, and an end to violence:
http://www.dalailama.com/news.216.htm
and http://www.agi.it/world/news/200803191258-pol-ren0032-art.html

Leaders across Europe and Asia starting to back dialogue as the way forward:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/7300157.stm

Chinese Prime Minister attacks “Dalai clique”, leaves door open for talks:
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-03/18/content_7813194.htm

Other Chinese signals:
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/China_looks_at_India_to_talk_to_Dalai_Lama/articleshow/2875142.cms

Avaaz is the group organising this initiative – some info about them:

“Avaaz.org is an independent, not-for-profit global campaigning organization that works to ensure that the views and values of the world’s people inform global decision-making. (Avaaz means “voice” in many languages.) Avaaz receives no money from governments or corporations, and is staffed by a global team based in London, Rio de Janeiro, New York, Paris, Washington DC, and Geneva.”

Check out Avaaz.org – The World in Action site to see which other campaigns you may wish to support.

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2 Comments »

  1. Daniel Roth said

    Observe the boundries of this sacred Country Tibet.They who lived in harmony and observed a philosophy that preached love and compassion for centuries.Undisturbed by outside forces until the Cinese decided to annex it. Such things have happened during the last World War and the World remained silent.! What an error!Life is not eternal but we can leave a better place for the future generations.Respect Tibet and and the Tibetans. Let these people live in peace.This should not be the law of the jungle,a China who once was a Country of wisdom is now faced with a leadership bent on hegomany and war mongering! Enough is enough , the civilized world could and should react to avert this human disaster of this noble people.The very essence of Olympics is brotherhood and respect.Olympians should be made of better human values they should be champios not merely in sports but also of great human causes as Tibet.The govenments of all these countries should respect these values .Olympics should not be merely a show of phisical strength but also of a more interlectual ,compassionate force that are the hallmarks of great Champions!!! and of great Countries!!!

  2. jacqueline said

    Thanks for your comment Daniel.
    I agree with you on many of your sentiments.
    I suppose the thing that is perhaps on Tibet’s side at the moment, in relation to similar situations in the past, is that these days there is more visibility into global situations as a result of advances in technology, media and the existence of the web. For example, during WW2, many of the atrocities that occurred in Europe were not visible to the rest of the world.

    I suppose for me, I am very interested and supportive of online initiatives for human rights and social and enviromental causes whether it be the simple raising of awareness, or online petitions, or citizen journalism……
    I think online activism rocks!
    Lets hope that global netizens can help sway the Chinese….

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