As some Tibetan leaders are pushing for more radical autonomy strategies at the Exiles’ Conference in Dharamsala, I notice at the comment section of this blogpost a very interesting entry. I hereby provide my translation of this anonymous message from “108 Tibetan scholars in China”.
Incidentally, 108 is a number of religious significance to the Tibetan people.
“5-Point Proposal to the Special Worldwide Conference of Tibetans”
From 108 Tibetan Scholars in China
The photograph depicts the holy Potala Palace shrouded in snow and is taken by a monk in 2006.
This “Five-Point Proposal to the Special Worldwide Conference of Tibetans” is prepared by 108 Tibetan scholars who are residing in China.
We are Tibetan residents in China. After careful deliberation and discussions, we have decided to put forward the following proposal to the Special Conference. We hope our proposal will be circulated to all representatives to the Conference for consideration. We are making this presentation as an anonymous group due to the confines of our physical location.
1. We strongly request the Chinese Central Government to immediately stop the demonization of and shameless attacks on the Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama is our spiritual leader, and he is the ultimate authority venerated by all Tibetan people. We consider all kinds of demonization directed towards the personality and spirituality of the Dalai Lama as insults to all Tibetan people, and to our religion.
2. We strongly condemn the widespread propaganda targeting the “so-called Dalai clique.” These activities are fast spreading to all parts of China, including the entire Tibetan region.
3. We strongly urge the Chinese Central Government to immediately release those involved in the 314 incident. We demand open apologies and compensations. We also urge the Chinese Government to allow media interviews, so that the truth of what had happened will be made known officially and transparently.
4. We strongly demand freedom of speech in Tibet.
5. We call upon all Tibetan people to insist on supporting the position of the Dalai Lama in his efforts to promote “peaceful, non-violent” dialogues with the Chinese Central Government. The ultimate aim is to resolve issues so that Tibetans can enjoy the rights to full political, economical, cultural and linguistic autonomy, as guaranteed by the legislation of China.
Finally we would like to pledge our loyalty to His Holiness the Dalai Lama: we long for your early return to Lhasa! We love you!
108 Tibetan scholars
20 November 2008