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P6_TA(2008)0119

MOTION FOR A RESOLUTION
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2.4.2008
PE401.161v01-00
 
B6‑0136/2008
to wind up the debate on statements by the Council and Commission
pursuant to Rule 103(2) of the Rules of Procedure
by Georg Jarzembowski, Thomas Mann, João de Deus Pinheiro, József Szájer, José Ignacio Salafranca Sánchez-Neyra, Jacek Saryusz-Wolski, Charles Tannock, Edward McMillan-Scott, Jean-Luc Dehaene, Laima Liucija Andrikienė, Piia-Noora Kauppi, Tunne Kelam and Michl Ebner
on behalf of the PPE-DE Group
on Tibet

European Parliament resolution on Tibet 
B6‑0136/2008

The European Parliament,

–  having regard to its earlier resolutions on the human rights situation in China,

–  having regard to Rules 103(2) of its Rules of Procedure,

A.  whereas the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan national uprising against the Chinese administration led to major demonstrations by Tibetan monks, nuns and ordinary Tibetan citizens against the occupation and the brutal social and cultural repression; whereas His Holiness the Dalai Lama has called this Chinese over-reaction 'cultural genocide',

B.  whereas HH the Dalai Lama has urged the demonstrators to protest peacefully and non-violently; whereas the Dalai Lama has not demanded Tibetan independence but a middle way of merely cultural and spiritual autonomy, a view that is supported by the European Parliament;

C.  whereas, according to reports, the death toll of Tibetans up to date has reached 135 with over 400 injured and thousands arrested,

D.  whereas a state of emergency and a 'people's war' against Tibetans, including a demonisation of the Dalai Lama, have been declared by the Chinese Government, and shops and temples have been closed in Lhasa as well as other cities,

E.  concerned about the blockade of monasteries and the consequential risks of starvation of monks and nuns,

F.  whereas, bar an official international press trip organised by the Chinese Government, the international press has been denied access to the region of Tibet to report on the events and all journalists have been expelled; whereas the aforementioned international press trip was heavily controlled and the participating journalists were denied unrestricted access to the Tibetan people,

G.  whereas the Chinese authorities have refused the Tibetan request to march under their own flag at the Olympic Games; whereas the Olympic Torch Relay is planned to go through Tibet, which the Tibetans interpret as a provocation,

H.  whereas the International Olympic Committee (IOC) expected the award of the 2008 Olympic Games to China to open up the country and improve the human rights situation; whereas China has started investigating the political views of Olympic athletes,

I.  whereas the IOC is supposed to be a worldwide active civil society organisation with sporting as well as social responsibilities; whereas the IOC had a praiseworthy initiative at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney, where the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony was lit by an Aborigine, the athlete Cathy Freeman,

1.  Deplores the most recent Chinese disproportional use of violence against Tibetans; criticises the People's Republic of China's often discriminatory treatment of its non Han Chinese ethnic minorities; calls on China to honour its commitments to human and minority rights and the rule of law; urges China not to misuse the 2008 Olympic Games by arresting dissidents, journalists and human rights activists in order to prevent demonstrations and reports which the authorities view as embarrassing to them;

2.  Calls on the Chinese Government to guarantee adequate medical care for injured Tibetans and legal assistance for arrested Tibetans; appeals to the authorities to present an account of its detainees, treat them in accordance with international human rights law and, under all circumstances, refrain from torture;

3.  Pays tribute to the fact that HH the Dalai Lama has called on the Tibetan people to protest peacefully and has rejected calls for Tibetan independence; regrets the large number of innocent victims of the brutal excesses of the Chinese authorities;

4.  Urges the Chinese Government to allow press freedom and allow international journalists to enter Tibet again and to have unrestricted access to the Tibetan people; calls on the European institutions to launch a communication campaign in order to inform European citizens about its future actions, balancing the distorted and biased press coverage on the part of China;

5.  Calls on China to fully respect and implement all the international agreements and conventions that it is a partner to; stresses that, despite promises made by the regime, the Chinese human rights record has not improved: regrets that, despite repeated assurances by the Chinese Government of its intention to ratify the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, ratification is still pending;

6.  Calls for the Chinese President and Government to establish a real dialogue with HH the Dalai Lama in order to find a sustainable solution with regard to the cultural and spiritual autonomy of Tibet and true minority rights for the Tibetan people in other Chinese provinces;

7.  Urges the EU and its Member States to adopt a determined, firm and common position, including the demand for journalists and EU diplomats to be granted access to Tibet; considers that EU ambassadors in Beijing should take the initiative of visiting the region in order to report back to the Council about the current situation;

8.  Criticises the fact that, despite the IOC's and the world community's expectations, China nevertheless continues to commit serious human and minority rights violations;

9.  Urges the Council to nominate a special representative for Tibet;

10.  Considers that Member States' representation at the opening ceremony of the 2008 Olympic Games should reflect the level of criticism about the Chinese authorities' violent reaction to events in Tibet;

11.  Looks forward to HH the Dalai Lama's visit to the EP to address the plenary session in 2008;

12.  Urges the People's Republic of China to stop scrutinising and judging Olympic athletes by their political views and threatening to ban them from the Olympic Games if they dissent from the Chinese Government's official position;

13.  Instructs its President to forward this resolution to the Council, the Commission, the parliaments of the Member States, the governments and parliaments of the applicant countries, the President and Prime Minister of the People's Republic of China, the President of the Chinese People's National Congress, the International Olympic Committee and His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

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