Japanese lawmakers call Chinese action in Tibet 'ruthless'
Terming as "ruthless" the action of China, a group of Japanese parliamentarians has supported Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, who has blamed Beijing for igniting self-immolation protests in Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said here Wednesday.
"The Chinese government is violating the human rights of the Tibetan people in a ruthless manner," a statement by over 150 Japanese parliamentarians said Tuesday.
"It (China) is imposing strict limitations on the Tibetans for their freedom of political, religious, cultural and economic activities and punishing those who protest with physical torture and other atrocious means."
The statement was read out in the Japanese parliament in Tokyo, where the Dalai Lama was invited to address the members. Former prime minister Shinzo Abe was also present in the house.
Expressing concern over ongoing self-immolations in Tibet to protest Beijing's "repressive policies" and to demand the return of the Dalai Lama to his homeland, the lawmakers said: "A number of Tibetans have self-immolated to protest against such oppression. However, the Chinese government does not address the grievances of the Tibetan people."
They said that China didn't respond to the CTA's repeated requests for the resumption of dialogue in seeking a peaceful solution of the Tibetan issue.
Urging the Chinese government to immediately stop the unlawful suppression, they said: "We are also ready to send such a message to the international community without any hesitation."
A total of 70 people have reportedly killed themselves since 2009 in Tibet, the CTA said.
Earlier, the Dalai Lama told the media persons in Okinawa that the Chinese government should carry out a thorough probe into the real causes of self-immolations.
"The self-immolations are very sad, but the Chinese government is not investigating the real causes of the self-immolations. They are taking the easy way out by simply blaming us for all the problems in Tibet," he said.
The Dalai Lama fled Tibet along with many of his supporters and took refuge in India when Chinese troops moved in and took control of Lhasa in 1959.
India is home to around 100,000 Tibetans.