Time for ‘truth’ about Tibet
Wednesday, 12th March, 2014
A nurse working in Broken Hill will go to Canberra on Friday to tell politicians “the truth” about China’s treatment of Tibetans.
Tenzin Dolmey Pesur, 28, is among 12 Tibetans heading to the nation’s capital to meet politicians on Tibet Advocacy Day.
The delegates are members of the Tibetan communities across Australia.
“As a Tibetan in Australia, I am blessed to live in a democracy. This means I have both the freedom and the responsibility to speak up for those living under China’s oppressive regime in Tibet.
“I will appeal to Australian politicians to make the Tibet issue a global priority,” said Dolmey, who works as a registered nurse at the hospital in the emergency department. She has been living in Broken Hill since December last year.
The Australia Tibet Council is organising Tibet Advocacy Day, an initiative to amplify the Tibetan voice in Canberra for the third consecutive year as human rights conditions in Tibet continue to deteriorate.
The delegation will meet with up to 45 parliamentarians from all parties, share their perspective of the situation in Tibet and call for stronger political support from Australia.
Project manager Kyinzom Dhongdue said a lot of what Australian politicians hear about Tibet is from the powerful China business lobby and the well-oiled, state-driven propaganda machine.
“This must change. For politicians to get the real picture of today’s Tibet, they must hear from Tibetans. Not from officials and pseudo-academics sent from China with the sole purpose of rewriting Tibet’s history. The theme of this year’s Tibet Advocacy Day is ‘In our Own Words’.”
Dolmey Pesur was born as a refugee in India where the largest Tibetan exile community is based.
“I grew up in a Tibetan boarding school with friends who had walked for days escaping from Tibet; who survived frostbite, hunger and Chinese persecution in the hope of receiving a decent education, and whose only memory of home was a tattered family portrait,” she said.
“I belong to the generation of Tibetans that lives with the pain of our elders’ disappointment in not being able to die on their own soil and our despair in having never seen our country.
“I grew up bearing in mind the responsibilities I have in sharing these stories to the world and to advocate for Tibetans in Tibet who live through China’s military crack down, cultural genocide and the deprivation of human rights every day.”
Tibet was caught in a cycle of repression and resistance, she said. It remains closed to foreign media.
Protest that began in 2009 have continued. The 127th, and the latest, took place on February 13.
Australia is home to over a thousand Tibetans, including the largest number of former political prisoners outside of Tibet or India. Many have family members in Tibet but are afraid to discuss the political situation due to harsh sentences handed to anyone suspected of sharing information with the outside world.
(For more information visit www.atc.org.au)