By Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet (CAT)
It is with great pleasure that the CAT announces that on 25th September 2013 a motion called Private Member's Agenda for Consideration was approved in the Tibetan Parliament in Exile (Chitue Lentsok), highlighting the importance of international law and universal jurisdiction as a method of pursuing the most heinous crimes that have affected and continue to affect the Tibetan population since their country was occupied by the Chinese army. The Agenda for Consideration ends by appealing to international support groups to denounce in their respective countries the international crimes committed in Tibet, using the mechanism of universal jurisdiction, and to bring to trial the Chinese leaders responsible and accused of breaking international law, thereby ensuring effective measures to protect the lives of Tibetans in Tibet and justice for Tibetan victims.
Below is a literal transcription, translated into English, of the content of this Agenda for Consideration and the oral declarations at its presentation at the Tibetan Parliament, in which reference is made to the CAT’s legal work in the Spanish courts aimed at justice in Tibet.
A point of interest in this resolution is that one of the MPs supporting it, the monk Atuk Tsetan, is a nephew of the imprisoned hero Rungye Adak. [The other MP sponsor is Dhardon Sharling]
LITERAL TRANSLATION OF THE PRIVATE MEMBER'S AGENDA FOR CONSIDERATION AND ITS PRESENTATION ON 25TH SEPTEMBER 2013
Thug Nang Shen Kkul Ki Drothchar (Agenda for consideration)
Addressed to the Minister of Information and International Relations
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights of 1948 and International Human Rights Law protect the rights of all human beings. But international crimes are still being committed against the Tibetan people.
Universal jurisdiction specifically applies to serious crimes under international law, such as war crimes, crimes against humanity, genocide, torture, apartheid and forced disappearances, and these crimes have been committed in Tibet since China’s illegal occupation of Tibet in 1950.
But the authorities of the People's Republic of China still use unnecessary force when dealing with peaceful protests in Tibet. Torture, including beatings, the use of electroshock weapons, long-term solitary confinement, starvation and similar measures are reportedly used by the authorities of the People's Republic of China in the prisons in Tibet. Cases of forced disappearances still continue in Tibet, such as those of the protesters in 2008 and that of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama, who was arrested by the authorities of the People's Republic of China and has not been seen since 17 May 1995.
Therefore, we urge the Minister for Information and International Relations to appeal to our international supporters to denounce in their countries the international crimes committed in Tibet, using the mechanism of universal jurisdiction, and to bring to trial the Chinese leaders guilty and accused of violating International law, thereby ensuring effective means for protecting the lives of Tibetans inside Tibet, and obtaining justice for the Tibetan victims.
Dhardon Sharling, Member of Parliament
Atuk Tsetan, Member of Parliament
Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2013
END OF AGENDA FOR CONSIDERATION
10-minute oral delivery by the sponsor of this Agenda for Consideration, Dhardon Sharling:
“All of us here firmly believe that universal jurisdiction is based on truth and non violence and is compatible with other forms of peaceful conflict resolution. We all endorse the wish of the Tibetan victims to seek international justice through any competent international court, including national courts like that of Spain, in order to obtain justice and reparation. Cases of universal jurisdiction have been lodged in different courts since the Pinochet case, specifically the two Tibet cases in the Spanish Courts, presented by the main plaintiffs, CAT (Comité de Apoyo al Tíbet), and the co plaintiffs, Fundación Casa del Tibet. The Spanish National Court has admitted the charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, torture and war crimes, and Tibetan victims, witnesses and international experts have been testifying before the judges of these two cases since the first case was admitted in 2006. Therefore it is imperative that the Tibetan Administration makes an appeal to Tibet support groups across the globe to employ similar measures and look up the Spanish model to persecute human rights violations that Tibetans inside Tibet have suffered and continue to suffer, and to bring to trial the Chinese leaders guilty of these crimes, under the International court of Justice.”
Minister’s response (Dickyi Chhoyang, Kalon for Information and International Relations):
“Thank you for raising this important issue. I am aware of the Spanish case and the great strides made by CAT in the Spanish court and deem such a bold move as significant. I will definitely urge the other supporters in different countries to follow the Spanish model and use international law to highlight the Tibetan cause."
Nov. 21, 2013: This article was corrected to reflect
a more accurate translation of "Drothchar" (Agenda).