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Australia urges China to end repression in Tibet

DHARAMSHALA: Due to the grim situation prevailing inside Tibet in view of the spate of self-immolations by Tibetans, Australian parliamentarians and political parties have urged China to respect the religious sentiments of the Tibetan people and stop the repressive policies being imposed on the monks of Kirti monastery in Ngaba.

The Office of Tibet based in Australia have repeatedly requested the Australian government, the Australian Parliament and Tibet support groups, to talk to China regarding the crisis in Tibet.

The Australian government, the Greens Party and both the upper and lower house of Parliament have recently held serious discussions regarding the matter and urged the Chinese government to address these urgent issues.

On 14 November, Mr Micheal Danby, the chairman of the parliamentary commission of Defense, Foreign Affairs and trade relations, and Mr Laurie Ferguson, chairman of the human rights commission, have released press statements.

The continuous suppression of Tibetan people’s religious freedom and human rights, particularly in northeastern Tibet, have led 11 Tibetans to self-immolate. They called for freedom and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.