Paying Tribute to our Tibetan Brothers and Sisters on the 60th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising

March 8, 2019

March 10 2019


Sixty years ago, the Tibetan People rose up against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) at a time when their culture, religion, property, indeed, their very existence was being seriously threatened. His Holiness the Dalai Lama was forced into exile, as the uprising was brutally suppressed.


Today, Tibet remains under occupation as the Tibetan language, culture and environment continue to be severely threatened. Citizen Power Initiatives for China (CPIFC) condemns the CCP's long-standing political persecution, economic exploitation, and cultural repression of the Tibetan people, and pays tribute to all those brave Tibetans who continue to struggle for their beliefs and national identity. 


Following the Dalai Lama's footsteps, tens of thousands of Tibetans have crossed the snow mountains, most of whom have never returned to their homeland. But as a result of their courage and tenacity and the help of the international community, they have managed to turn disaster into opportunity.


Despite being without land, army or police, the 150,000 Tibetans in exile, under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration, have built dozens of settlements around the world. While maintaining their shared memories and beliefs, they have developed the miracle of a highly cohesive spiritual state which includes all Tibetans. Going beyond mere survival, the Tibetans have reached out to people around the world, presenting an image of tolerance, open-mindedness, and optimism, while embracing universal values and implementing democratic practices, putting to shame those who rely on violence to pursue their goals. 


Despite the bitterness of exile and persecution, Tibetans have not allowed themselves to become pessimistic or hateful, nor have they allowed their kind and sensitive hearts to sink.  Rather, they have found strength and salvation in their spiritual power, a power that when ripe has the potential to change the world.


Over the past six decades, all ethnic groups under the empire of the Chinese Communist Party have suffered serious mental damage. While a large number of their people have sacrificed happiness and even their lives, those whose optimism derives from confidence in human consciousness and reason have never given up hope that all can live lives in peace and freedom.


As we commemorate the Sixtieth Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising, CPIFC reaffirms its gratitude to our Tibetan brothers and sisters for their long-term friendship and spiritual inspiration. We will continue to respect and defend the Tibetans' right to determine their own destiny, supporting the middle way approach (MWA) advocated by the Dalai Lama and passed by the Tibetan People's Assembly to solve the Tibetan issue. We support MWA as it takes into account the interests of both Tibetan and Chinese peoples and is very reasonable and realistic.


We will continue to participate in promoting dialogue and trust among all ethnic groups, strengthening cooperation and jointly promoting the progress of freedom, the rule of law and the cause of human rights.



















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