International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances Commemorated
To mark the International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances on August 30 2018, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet called on the Chinese government to end the legalized practice of involuntary or enforced disappearance of Tibetans in Tibet for implementing their basic human rights in voicing their dissent against government policies and practices in Tibetan regions, and respond in positive to the international community demanding China to allow independent bodies to verify the fate of the 11th Panchen Lama, without surveillance and government minders .
An awareness campaign about the importance of the day in regard to the current political situation of Tibet was initiated at the Main Square in Mcleod Ganj, and posters of Tibetan political activists that went missing after being arrested by government authorities were put up in and around Dharamshala to highlight their condition. It was followed by Mr. Dawa Tashi La, Vice President of the organisation reading the press statement released by the organisation in Tibetan.
A signature campaign to petition the U.N working group on involuntary or enforced disappearances to be allowed in Tibet to China to verify the claims made by the Chinese authorities in regard to the whereabouts and the fate of 11th Panchen Lama, Gendhun Choekyi Nyima and his family that disappeared three days after he was publicly recognised as the reincarnation of the 10th Panchen Lama on 14 May 1995.
China must honour its Human Rights Council membership pledge to uphold the highest international human rights standards by signing and ratifying key international human rights treaties, including the International Convention for the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearance.
Thus our Appeals on the Day are as follows:
- China Must Allow WGEID to verify whereabouts of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen lama of Tibet
- China must urgently repeal its “residential surveillance at a designated location” which is systematically and brutally practiced across the entire three traditional regions of Tibet.
- China must immediately sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of Persons from Enforced Disappearance
- China should honour its commitments to the Human Rights council.