“It is high time that we create a strong global coalition amongst Tibetans, East Turkistan, Mongolians, Taiwanese, and Hong Kongers to make a collective effort and work for a greater cause and then make China responsible for all the inhuman subjugation of our people.”
Our dissenting hero of this week, Tsering Choedup, who had worked for nearly a decade at International Tibet Network before becoming the general secretary of Tibetan Association of Northern California. In between, he also worked as a former Tibetan wellness advocate at Community Health for Asian Americans (CHAA).
“As we all know China is trying to change the global narrative of this current pandemic situation and shift the global spotlight away from the COVID-19 that has affected the economy and health of the entire world. What China does these days with the border incursion in India and in the neighbouring countries including in South China Sea is nothing but a shrewd tactic to divert our attention away from the global pandemic.
“Now is the time that we work collectively and urge our governments to take heed to our demands and make China responsible for all the inhuman actions. We must also urge our governments to formulate laws that forbid any business ties with China.”
Tsering Choedup joins the #whyprotest campaign to call on China to immediately
- End policies and practices that are incompatible with international human rights standards on the right to peaceful assembly;
- Repeal policy of resorting to lethal force to suppress and detain peaceful protesters;
- Punish government officers responsible for arbitrary detention and torture of peaceful protesters;
- Ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights and International Convention on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance;
- Invite UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights to Freedom of Peaceful Assembly and of Association to assess the current state of freedom of peaceful assembly in Tibet
The #WhyProtest campaign, launched by TCHRD on 3 May to highlight freedom of expression, shine light on the brave and inspiring stories of peaceful Tibetan protesters that will tear through the cloak of coronavirus pandemic used by China to hide escalating repression and persecution of peaceful dissent in Tibet.
During the months leading up to this year’s International Human Rights Day on 10 December, the campaign will feature messages of hope, inspiration, and defiance from 30 activists and human rights defenders.
Join the #WhyProtest Campaign by sharing our digital campaign messages on your timeline or your stories of defending the right to protest and why the freedom to dissent matters to you. If interested, write to Ms Tenzin Dawa for further information: firstname.lastname@example.org.