Posted: 24 October 2011
Days ago, Tenzin walked outside her nunnery, covered herself in petrol and set herself on fire while screaming for a “free Tibet”. Hours later she died -- she was just 20 years old. In the past 4 weeks, six other monks have self-immolated to protest a growing Chinese crackdown on the peaceful Tibetan people.
These tragic acts are a desperate cry for help -- machine gun toting Chinese security forces are beating and disappearing monks and have laid siege to monasteries, even killing elderly people defending them -- all in an effort to quell the fight for Tibetan independence. Tension is escalating rapidly, but China severely restricts access to the region. If we can get key governments with close ties to China to send diplomats to the area, break the blackout, and expose this growing brutality, we could save lives.
We have to act fast-- this horrific situation is spiralling out of control behind a censorship curtain. Over and over we have seen that when diplomats bear themselves witness to atrocities, they are motivated to act, and increase political pressure. Let’s build a massive petition to the six leaders with the most influence in Beijing to send a mission to Tibet and speak out against the repression. Sign the urgent petition on the right and share this with everyone.