I just signed an urgent petition calling on the Chinese government to respect human rights in Tibet and dialogue with the Dalai Lama. This is really important, and I thought you might want to take action as well.

After decades of repression, Tibetans are crying out to the world for change. China’s leaders are right now making a crucial choice between escalating brutality or dialogue that could determine the future of Tibet, and China.

We can affect this historic choice — China does care about its international reputation. But it will take an avalanche of global people power to get the government’s attention. The Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has called for restraint and dialogue: he needs the world’s people to support him. Fill out this form to sign the petition–and spread the word.

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  1. Yang says:

    Mar 25, 2008

    I am a Chinese, living in US right now. I don’t know what happened in Tibet recently. But I don’t believe the so-called “truth” reported by the Western media, they even used the pictures of Nepal police in news of Tibet protest.
    Let me to tell you something I learned when I was in Tibet area. When the Communist Party took over Tibet, Dalailama owned the largest land and most slaves. Communist Party promised that he could still rule the Tibet as the way he used to, and he could keep all his property. So Dalailama agreed, he went to Beijing and met the Chairman Mao. (I have seen the picture of them together). But CP broke the pact soon, Dalailama was going to loss his land and slaves, and probably was going to be executed for slaving people. That’s why he left Tibet. Now, free Tibet is the only way he can get all of these back. I believe Communist Party may have done bad things there, but Dalailama is also not such a noble person.

  2. Yang says:

    Mar 25, 2008

    So dialogue with other Tibetan will make more sense.

  3. xiang says:

    Mar 25, 2008

    I am a Chinese too,living in the hometown.A lot of foreigners do not know the truth of the thing, Dalai Lama. is a cheat,

    March 14, a group of lawless persons are beating, smashing and looting to burn in the Capital main highway section of urban area of Lhasa of Xizang(Tibet) Autonomous Region, burning the vehicular traffic, pursuing and attacking the passby, assaulting the market, telecommunication agency and government , causing the local people’s lives and properties great losses, making the local civil order destroyed seriously, and 18 innocent masses are burnt to death or cut to death 。

    And the Dalai Lama. is those lawless persons’ leader.

    those lawless person Set on fire over 300 place, 908 retail shop in Lhasa, 7 school, 120 houses owed by citizen, 5 hospitals damaged, smash 10 financial sites, at least 20 buildings are burnt into the ruins, 84 cars are destroyed. 18 innocent masses are burnt to death or cut to death, injured masses are up to 382 people, 58 severely injured people among them. (we have the pictures)

  4. Chaoyang says:

    Mar 25, 2008

    I went to Lahsa in 1996 and I got some negative observations to the local monks. I saw two monks were kicking a begger in front of a group tourists in a monastery, and I saw a “small monk” could only sit beside a living buddha while he was eating and ate the remain of the food after the living buddha finished his dinner.

    I had an impression that ordinary local Tibetan had no reason to hate the communists as they saved them from slavery. I felt that Chinese troop has much more reason to stay in Tibet than US troop’s entering into and staying in Iraq. After all, Tibet became part of China from more than 1000 year ago and for the past several hundred years no Dala Lahma could become Dala Lahma without Chinese central government’s confirmation, and for the past several hundred years Chinese central governments’ army stationed in Tibet. British colonists tried to occupy Tibet but were defeated by local troops decades ago.

    That’s what many ordinary Chinese’s opinions about Tibet. I believe what you ordinary Westerners learned about Tibet is far from the truth about the history and reality of Tibet.

    In one word, Tibet was, is and will be in foreseeable future part of China, and the majority of Tibetan has been emancipated from slavery by Chinese communists about 30 years ago. Those who are most longing for indepedence are monks who could be the governing class if it is not for the sake of the communists, and then they could kick as fiercely as they could any ordinary local people in front of tourists, and enjoy all the good things contributed by ignorant local people.

    Hating totalitarian and censorship should not be a reason to ignore some basic facts about Tibet: the protestors are not peaceful, they are killing and setting fire, burning girls and cutting ears from alive persons. Deliberately turning blind to these photos, even if they were released by Chinese governmental media, and calling those protestors “peaceful” is a shame to CNN, if it knew that there still existed something called “shame”.

    I hope my above words will not be censored, as you are not communists, right?

  5. David Carlson says:

    Mar 25, 2008

    Yang, Xiang and Chaoyang – We are not communists (as you are saying) so we will not censor your comments. But your comments are far from our vision of the situation in Tibet.

  6. Jean Evans says:

    May 7, 2008

    I strongly dispute the derogatory comments made about His Holiness the Dalai Lama and, in particular, the accusation by Xiang, that His Holiness is a cheat.

    The recent violence in Tibet is, I believe, an act of sheer desperation by the Tibetan people. They have been the victims of terrible violence, and other forms of persuction at the hands of the Chinese, for several decades.

    In June 2007 I attended one of the Dalai Lama’s teachings during his visit to Australia. When questioned about the plight of Tibet and its people, he emphasised three main points. First was his desire to engage with Chinese authorities, and work together towards a mutually acceptable peace. Secondly, he expressed a willingness to embrace Chinese presence in Tibet, providing the Tibetan people are afforded spiritual autonomy, and that the fragile environment is better managed. Thirdly, His Holiness asserted that lasting peace cannot be achieved by force.

    I have no reason to doubt the sincerity of these views, as the Dalai Lama has been consistently seeking dialogue, and expressing a willingness to work with the Chinese, for many years. The depth of sincerity on the part of Chinese authorities, however, cannot be measured until after the Olympic Games, when the world spotlight on their human rights practices begins to dim. Only then will we learn the true level of China’s commitment to engage with Tibet in an ongoing and meaningful way.

    I am very keen to learn what others think and feel on this important issue, and welcome comments on my viewpoint.

  7. Blake says:

    Jul 29, 2008

    David Carlson obviously has a very limited knowledge about the history of Tibet and the Tibetan independence movement. That is why he makes the statement that some of the comments “are far from our vision of the situation in Tibet.” David Carlson’s vision of the situation in Tibet is based on ignorance and hatred.

    Tibet under the Dalai Lama was a brutal serfdom, and those seeking “independence” for Tibet are working to reenslave the Tibetan people. It’s ironic that a group called “Free Tibet” openly support a former slave owner and are woking to restore a feudalistic theocracy.

  8. David Carlson says:

    Jul 30, 2008

    Blake, I don’t agree to what you are saying. But I believe in a free world so I will keep your comment…

  9. sergio says:

    Oct 6, 2008

    i saw Dalai Lama and his is an angel !!!

    and i know many tibetan peoples and they are very sweet..


  10. jordan says:

    Mar 27, 2009

    yo ca va men

  11. tezin says:

    Mar 20, 2011

    I’m a Tibetan, what I’m saying here is truth from my family members, which I’ve been told. yes, its part of truth that some of Tibetan government officers are corrupts and they are the one who kept slaves in the name of Dalai Lama. But he is not corrupt because he has been chosen when he was age of 3. so how he can be corrupt. He is one of the great glories of Tibetans.. Free Tibet and democracy in China..

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