Dharamsala, Feb 10 (ANI): The Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC), a global forum of the Tibetan community has urged upon fellow Tibetans around the world not to celebrate Losar, their New Year as a mark of solidarity against Chinese atrocities in their homeland.
This was stated by Sonam, President of RTYC, here on Tuesday.
Sonam mentioned that the year 2009 coincides with the 50th year of arrival in India and living in exile of Tibetans led by their spiritual leader the Dalai Lama after the exodus from their homeland when the Chinese occupied it.
Recalling the suppression of Tibetans rights, the RTYC noted that as a tribute to all those who died for the cause of their homeland, the Losar celebrations this year need not be celebrated.
"More than 200 Tibetans had been arrested and detained. There is no freedom of religion, freedom of press, or any other political freedom and also there is no religious freedom. So, that is why we feel that inside Tibet there are no human rights, gross rights... have been placed. So we are appealing to the Tibetans all around the world, not to celebrate Losar, in order to give tribute to those family members who are going through unspeakable suffering inside Tibet," said Sonam.
Sonam further highlighted the violation of human rights inside Tibet and thecruel treatment of Tibetans by the Chinese authorities.
China has repeatedly opposed meetings between the Dalai Lama and foreign leaders, especially after violent unrest spread across Tibetan areas in March 2008.
Beijing blamed the Dalai Lama's "clique" for the turmoil. The charge has been repeatedly rejected by the Dalai Lama.
In recent times, China hosted talks with the envoys of the Dalai Lama but they achieved little. (ANI)