INTRODUCTION Seven Tibetans are staging a hunger strike outside the United Nations Information centre in New Delhi, India.
INTRODUCTION Seven Tibetans are staging a hunger strike outside the United Nations Information centre in New Delhi, India. The exiled Tibetans are trying to force the international organisation to take action on their homeland.
SYNOPSIS: The Tibetans started their strike a week ago and they say they are resolved to die if the United Nations does not implement resolutions on the denial of human rights and self-determination in Tibet. The refugees fled into India from Tibet after the failure of a revolt against the Chinese in 1959 and the plight of their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama.
The Dalai Lama runs an unrecognised government-in-exile from Dharamsala in northern India. Tibetan sources said they hoped the new Indian government under Mr Morarji Desai would raise the Tibetan issue at the U.N. According to Mr Lodhi Gyaltsen, a member of the unofficial government, many members of the new government are supporters of the Tibetan cause.
Some 80,000 Tibetan refugees in many countries are also going on a one-day strike in sympathy with the fast by the seven. Two weeks ago 200 Tibetan youths were arrested after storming the Chinese Embassy on their National Uprising day, but were released on bail two days later.