Mrs. Anna Kethly, Rungarian Social Democratic leader, and Thubten Jigme Norbu, brother of the Dalai?
Mrs. Anna Kethly, Rungarian Social Democratic leader, and Thubten Jigme Norbu, brother of the Dalai Lama, appeared together at a press conference in Vienna, Austria, July 30 to launch an appeal on behalf of refugees.
On a private visit to Austria, the Dalai Lama's brother told assembled newsmen that tens of thousands of his countrymen were now being sterilised by the Communist Chinese. "What they are trying to do is to wipe out the Tibetan nation," he said. "It is Genocide and in my private opinion an appeal ought to be made to the United Nations." Deportations of able bodied Tibetan men and women from Lhasa had now reached the pitch where "only old people and children were left in the capital."
A former Minister in the Imre Nagy government, Mrs. Anns Kethly said in reply to questions that most of the 200,000 Hungarians who fled in 1956 were now satisfactorily resettled, but a minority had still not found their place. According to UN figures, between 15,000 and 18,000 had returned to Hungary, all of them over 30 years of age.
Meanwhile the Communist sponsored Youth Festival now being held in Vienna, is creating large problems for its sponsors. Arguments, quarrels and suppression of criticism have resulted in some defections. Two Italians, objecting to the supervision and poor food, asked for their money back. 20 Indians have disassociated themselves from the Conference's policies; One Hungarian woman, a 25-year old textile workers, is reported to have applied for political asylum, and thirty young Czechs have left the Festival and decided not to return home.
This is the seventh World Festival of youth and the first time held outside a Communist dominated country...it will probably be the last.