Blood was shed as over 100,000 people gathered around the Norbulinka palace to stop their spiritual leader, Dalai Lama, from attending a theatrical event at the Chinese Military Headquarters in Lhasa. Tibetans feared that Dalai Lama would be abducted to Beijing and never return to Tibet again. As a result, uprising against the Chinese occupation force and massive demonstrations took place in Lhasa in March, 1959. Tens of thousands of Tibetans were slaughtered by the People's Liberation Army. The Dalai Lama and around 80,000 refugees escaped to neighboring countries.
The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemns the inhumane treatment by the Hong Kong Police against unarmed protestors, during the World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial meeting in Hong Kong, on 17th and 18th December 2005.
HRF/75/03 Embargoed for 23 April 2003
JAPAN is one of only two industrialized democracies that use the death penalty Currently, there are 57 people on death row waiting to be executed, and approximately an additional 50 inmates whose death sentences are still under appeal. Japan's death penalty practice has been called "inconsistent with the [ICCPR]" by the UN Human Right Committee, "a violation of the most fundamental human rights" by the Council of Europe, and tantamount to torture and cruel punishment by numerous independent observers.
Chairperson and dear Friends from Asia,
First let me begin by thanking the Asian Civil Society Forum 2002 and the organizers for this opportunity to present the case of Tibet in today's discussion. I am the executive director of the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy which is based in northern India and was established in 1996.