Conference for an Independent Tibet
June 23-24, 2007, New Delhi
Rajiv Vora, Jamyang Norbu, Vijay Crishna, Lhasang Tsering, Iqbal Hadi Rizvi, Raghav Mittal, Radha Bhatt, Tenzin Tsundue, Vijay Kranti, Claude Arpi, Lawrence Liang, Niru Vora, Phuntsok Wangchuk
The Conference called for recognizing Tibet as a colony and that the United Nations and other bodies of the International community be compelled to remove the last vestiges of colonialism, and grant demand of Independence for Tibet. It cited the Resolution number “49/89 Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples” of 7th February 1995 adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations as follows: “Having examined the report of the Special Committee on the Situation with regard to the Implementation of the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, 1/Recalling its resolution 1514(XV) of 14 December 1960, containing the Declaration on the Granting of Independence to Colonial Countries and Peoples, and all its subsequent resolutions concerning the implementation of the Declaration, most recently resolution 48/52 of 10 December 1993, as well as the relevant resolutions of the Security Council, Recognizing that the eradication of colonialism is one of the priorities of the Organization for the decade that began in 1990, Deeply conscious of the need to take, speedily, measures to eliminate the last vestiges of colonialism by the year 2000, as called for in its resolution 43/47 of 22 November 1988 .”
The above-cited resolution, ratified even by China, makes it the moral responsibility of the UN and the member nations of this body to call a special meeting of the General Assembly and impress upon China that in view of this Resolution, China must restore full independence to whole of Tibet i.e. all the three provinces and its people.
The Conference adopted a four-point resolution, which will guide its call for Independence of Tibet and its plan of action in the coming years:
“Realizing that Complete Independence (Poorna Swaraj) under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and with the help of India and other members of the freedom-loving world community is the only hope for Tibet, the Conference RESOLVES:-
- To call upon the Government of India to recognize the Tibetan Government-in-Exile as the sole legitimate Government of Tibet and the Tibetan people and His Holiness the Dalai Lama as its sole political and spiritual leader.
- To call upon the United Nations to fulfill its obligation in view of its 1993 UN Declaration that there should remain no colonized country in the world by the year 2000.
- To call upon every member of the international community to recognize Tibet as one of the last remnants of colonial rule in need of decolonization.
- To call upon all Tibet Support Groups around the world to put back Complete Independence as their main agenda in their campaigns and observe 22 November every year as “Anti-Colonialism Day” and to run signature campaigns reminding the United Nations to implement its resolutions on Colonialism.”