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International Forum for a Free Tibet

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Saturday, Jun 2, 2007
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May 26, 2007, Turin, Italy

This Forum was held by the Campagna di Solidarieta con il Popolo Tibetano (CSPT) in collaboration with Tibet Culture House, Tibet Destination Rangzen and Alternative Tibetaine (France), and it was sponsored by the Italian Trade Union CISL-ISCOS with the support of the Piedmond Region Council and the Compagnia di San Paolo.

Key speakers

Jamyang Norbu , Rangzen Alliance
Wei Jingsheng , Wei Jingsheng Foundation
Claudio Tecchio , Campagna di Solidarietà con il Popolo Tibetano
Dhundup Namgyal Khorko , Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk
Tamding Choepel ,Tibet Culture House
Chemey Yungdrung , National Democratic Party of Tibet
Mario Scotti , Segretario Generale CISL Piemonte
Alan Cantos y Jose Elias Esteve , Comite de Apoyo al Tibet
Larry Gerstein ,International Tibet Independence Movement
Mathieu Vernerey – Sonia Pradine , Alternative Tibetaine
Francois Bruxeille –Francois Corona ,Tibet Destination Rangzen
Paolo Pozzo , Comitato ISCOS Piemonte
Bruno Portigliatti, Unione Buddhista Europea
Antonello Brandi , Laogai Research Foundation Italy
Angelo Montali , Movimento Cristiano Lavoratori
Palden Gyatso
Piero Verni
Jean- Claude Buhrer
Claude B. Levenson
Antonio Attisani

Following is the full text of the Turin Declaration

DECLARATION OF TURIN

Reflections about China

The reality of China is really different from the picture of the country that the CCP gives. The inequalities are increasing, corruption is spreading more and more in every level of the system, the condition of the farmers, that are the majority of the population, keeps on deteriorating economically, socially and ecologically. Even the economic growth, where it started, didn’t improve at all the condition of life and working of the majority of the workers and all the basic freedoms keep on being denied.

Therefore, the widespread social protest is increasing continuously, as it is acknowledged also by the official sources of Beijing itself. Besides, it has to be added the non-violent resistance of the supporters of the spiritual movement Falun Dafa, the fighting of the workers that try to organize some free Trade Unions and the resistance movements against the Chinese colonial occupation that are reorganizing in eastern Turkestan and in southern Mongolia.

In the international framework, the Chinese politics is everyday more aggressive politically, economically and militarily (the dizzy rise of the outlay for armaments could be aimed to a possible military action against Taiwan).

Tibet in the Chinese framework

Chinese policies in Tibet didn’t change in the last few years. Indeed, from many angles, it has been made harsher. The massive entry of Han settlers keeps on, the marginalization of the Tibetan people is growing more and more, because Tibetans didn’t gain any real benefit from the scarce investment of the so called “Development Plan for the Western Areas”, planned by Beijing. It keeps on preventing all the basic civil and religious freedoms, in spite of many claims and declarations by parliaments and international organizations. Today we are powerless witnesses of the mass deportation of farmer and nomadic shepherds.

Therefore, we must acknowledge the failure of all the political and diplomatic actions that have been undertaken till now.

Particularly, we acknowledge that, 18 years after the “Proposal of Strasbourg Proposal”(June 1988), the choices of the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government in Exile did not produce any real change in spite of the subsequent concessions to the Chinese regime, up to the recent renunciation of the right to self-determination itself of the Tibetan people (Tibetan people is called in the Dalai Lama’s declaration of 10th March 2006 “…one of the more important groups of the 55 Chinese ethnic minorities”).

Therefore it is clear that the so called “dialogue”, emphasized by many people, didn’t modify this framework but it even provided an alibi to governments and international institutions to avoid to bring about some important resolutions on Tibet (see the Resolution of the European Parliament on 6th July 2000).

One of the more worrying consequences of this approach was a general loss of tension about the Tibetan issue, as the confusion of the Tibetans themselves and their supporters, who were explicitly asked for stopping every complain and protest against Beijing. Besides, the Dalai Lama and some members of his government in exile expressed their support to projects and proposals as the admission of the PRC in the WTO and the designation of Beijing for the Olympic Games. Besides you have to add the declaration of the Prime Minister Samdhong Rinpoche, hailing the opening of the Golmud-Lhasa railway as a favourable event for the Tibetan economic development.

This framework requests us:

-To support a unified independence movement which we could give our unqualified support and cooperation to realize the aspirations of the Tibetan People for an independent Tibet, that courageous activists demonstrates constantly over the years protesting inside Tibet.

-To settle an appropriate strategy, based on the self-determination right of the Tibetan People, taking into account the decisions taken by the International Conference of the Chushi Gangdruk (December 2006) and the principles ratified in the Declaration of Independence of the Nations of High Asia (September 2006).

-To unify in a single front all the political and social forces opposing to the Chinese communist regime, in Tibet and in the other countries illegally occupied by China.

-To lay the foundations for a Free Trade Union that fights because the Tibetan workers obtain a dignified work, a right salary and the assertion of Trade Union freedom.

-To ask all the free countries for boycotting the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008.

-To request the UNO condemns the illegal occupation of Tibet, Eastern Turkistan and Southern Mongolia.

-To request the European Union to stop the so-called “dialogue” with China till PRC won’t have ratified and completely enforced all the subscribed treaties.

-To employ Universal Justice and International Law to end impunity in Tibet and China.

Turin (Italy), 26th May 2007
International Forum for Tibetan Freedom:

Palden Gyatso, Jamyang Norbu (Rangzen Alliance),Dhundup Namgyal Khorko, (Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk), Tamding Choepel (Tibet Culture House), Chime Yungdrung (National Democratic Party of Tibet), Wei Jingsheng (Wei Jingsheng Foundation), Claudio Tecchio (Campagna di Solidarieta con il Popolo Tibetano), Mathieu Vernerey and Sonia Pradine (Alternative Tibetaine), Francoise and Francois Bruxeille, Francois Corona (Tibet Destination Rangzen) Alan Cantos and Jose Elias Esteve (Comite de Apoyo al Tibet), Larry Gerstein (ITIM) Mario Scotti (Segretario Generale, CISL) Piemonte Paolo Pozzo (Comitato ISCOS), Piemonte Bruno Portigliatti (Unione Buddhista Europea), Antonello Brandi (Laogai Research Foundation Italy), Angelo Montali , Movimento Cristiano Lavoratori Piero Verni Claude B. Levenson Antonio Attisani, Jean-Claude Buhrer

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