Democratic countries should boycott 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics as China blatantly continues to disrespect the fundamental human rights, global order: CTA President

Penpa Tsering, the President of the CTA speaking at the Forum.

DHARAMSALA, 2 Nov: The President of Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) has ‘called out the democratic nations and the like-minded countries to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics hosted by China,’ at the fourth Geneva Forum.

As China continues to blatantly disrespect fundamental human rights and global order, the democratic nations and the like-minded countries to boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics hosted by China,, the official webpage of the CTA quoted Penpa Tsering, the President of the CTA as saying in its report.

Those participating in the game were much an accomplice in China’s misdoing,” he has said. 

The political head of the Tibetan people has further “expressed solidarity with the Tibetans inside Tibet for going through extreme mental and physical suffering on a daily basis,” and added his scepticism “about whether the United Nations is really paying attention to the plight of Tibetans and those oppressed by the repressive Chinese regime, recounting that the UN in the past has adopted resolutions on Tibet yet have failed in implementation.”

“There is a certain feeling that the UN is a little undemocratic in its functioning,” he has said and “declared that the UN was unequal in many ways especially for people who are incarcerated and suppressed as they are often found without space for representation and space to express their grievances to the world community.”

This the CTA President added has forced 155 Tibetans to resort to self-immolations to oppose the Chinese regime.

“They have burnt themselves in the hope that the Chinese government will pay attention to their plight and resolve the Tibetan issue.”

However, he has added that the presence of prominent guests and dignitaries at the event “was a source of encouragement for the Tibetans and the Tibet issue.”

The guest speakers at the forum include Chief Guest Hon. Jiri Oberfalzer (Vice-President, Senate of the Parliament, Czech Republic), and the special guest Nicolas Walder, Member of Parliament, Switzerland and Gelencsér Ferenc, Deputy Mayor of 1st District Budapest, Hungary.

Highlighting how China uses the Tibetan Language as a tool of propaganda, he added “the Tibetan language which is the root of Tibetan identity is now being extinguished under Xi Jinping’s leadership.”

He further spoke on “the degradation of Tibet’s environment under the Chinese government”  the environmental issues of Tibet, President Tsering has said that  “the Tibetan Plateau which is widely known as the third pole is critically challenged by Tibet’s climatic conditions which is also impacting the global climate.”

Raising the issue of resettlement of nomads to compact settlements,  he likened it to an act “depriving the Tibetans to take care of their own environment.” 

The exile administration has also called out China for continuing to “flout the universally accepted principles of human rights and the human rights protection and assessment mechanism of the United  Nations” and declared that “the need to hold China accountable for worsening human rights records has become more crucial than ever.”

The two-day Geneva Forum 2021 from 1-2 Nov was jointly organised by the Tibet Bureau Geneva and CTA’s Department of Information and International Relations.

The CTA has maintained that the forum aims to build a network of organisations and experts focusing on human rights and religious freedom in China and develop coordinated efforts to challenge and improve China’s human rights record.

Additionally,  It also hopes to strengthen the mainstream media attention and public discourse on the deteriorating human rights record in the most remote parts under the rule of the CCP.

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