Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Stand Up for Tibet

Considering the tragic circumstances occurring in Tibet, please consider clicking here to sign a petition urging the Chinese government to show restraint in its treatment of protesters who are calling for Tibetan freedom after fifty years of Chinese control. Another petition is available here, and many people are calling for a boycott of the summer Olympics which are scheduled to be hosted in China this summer. Meanwhile, protests are spreading around the world.

China has ruled Tibet since the 1950's after Chinese troops overran tho sovereign Tibetan nation and forced the Dalai Lama to flee or face imprisonment or death. The Tibetan government has been operating in exile since 1957. If you would like to learn more about the Tibetan Government in Exile, you can visit the official website for news, history, facts, and information about the human rights of Tibetans.

In its constant desire to control its citizens' access to information, the Chinese government has been blacking out any news about the Tibetan uprising, and hundreds, if not thousands, of websites have been blocked by Chinese censors, including YouTube, CNN, and Google News.

Meanwhile, Tibetan and Chinese protesters are being arrested, intimidated and killed as the protests continue, and His Holiness the Dalaia Lama is threatening to step down as Tibet's political leader if the violence does not stop.

It is a sad day for Tibet, H.H. The Dalai Lama, and for the world at large.
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