另外，加拿大西藏委員會（Canada Tibet Committee）已經在1月30號，就中共政府在藏區進行的非法採礦行為，和當地藏人和平請願遭軍警鎮壓的情況，呼籲在今年6月召開的聯合國人權理事會會議中進行討論，並敦促各聯合國成員國和民間共同對中共施加壓力，使西藏境內的和平集會和結社自由權能夠得到保障。
採訪/陳漢 編輯/李明飛 後製/李智遠
Tibetan Environmental Protestors Suppressed by
Chinese Communist Regime
Tibet has a beautiful natural environment,
with an abundance of minerals and drinking water.
But in the recent years, several mining companies began to
wantonly harvest the resources of Tibet, resulting in rapid
deterioration of the local ecological environment.
Overseas research groups have just published a report that
examines the protest by Tibetans
against environmental pollution.
The report accused the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)
authorities of violently suppressing Tibetans who appealed
for environmental protection.
On Feb. 2, overseas research group, Tibet Watch accepted
a request from NGO, Free Tibet headquartered in London
and drafted a report titled, “Environmental Protests on
the Tibetan Plateau".
According to a report from Radio Free Asia, the environmental
research group “Tibet Watch” examined 12 incidents of
environmental group protests that occurred in Qinghai,
Sichuan, Yunnan, Gansu and other Tibetan areas since 2010.
The report analysed that mining is the main reason
for the protests.
Other reasons include the construction of dams
and river pollution.
The Tibetan area is rich in gold, silver, copper, chromium and
other mineral and hydropower resources.
However, these resources met with devastating development,
which caused a rapid deterioration of local ecology.
Tibetans, worried for their environment, began
a series of protests.
According to a report from Voice of America, Tibetan
protesters confined their appeals to environmental issues.
They sought for the CCP authorities to tighten their national
environmental regulations and even relied upon Chinese
President Xi Jinping’s recent speech on environmental
protection to avoid political overtones in their protests.
Nevertheless, a large number of these protests
met with violent suppression.
Pajorsang, a Tibetan who is currently seeking refuge in India:
Most of the mine harvesters have the government’s
seal of approval.
The local people cannot do anything about them.
On the contrary, when the local people appeal to the
government, they are immediately labelled as
counter-revolutionaries or separatists.
You will be arrested, beaten or put to death.
Such cases are very common.
In October 2013, Szechuan Kangding county galena’s wastewater
pond suddenly began to overflow and its toxic water flowed
into the river, causing severe pollution.
Large numbers of fish and livestock died.
Local Tibetans dumbed the dead fish at local government
quarters to demand a stop to the mining.
Instead, the local authorities deployed a large number of
riot police to stand by at the scene and completely severed
mobile, internet and other communication channels.
In August that year, Zadoi county of Qinghai province
protested against the local authorities for mining the
white diamond mineral resources.
A large batch of riot police were dispatched and dispersed
the protesting group through beating, tear gas and shooting.
In July, 2014 at Yunnan Deqin county, Gongla mountain was the
subject having historical significance as a place of worship
and faith in Tibetan religion, was forcibly mined.
Tibetans headed to the mine to demand a stop to the mining,
but were violently beaten and suppressed by
hundreds of police.
The person in charge of the mining company even proclaimed
that if the Tibetans continue to protest, the authorities will
have “sufficient reasons" to beat them to death.
Tibetan refugee Pajorsang also said that not only does the
mining of the Tibetan holy mountain and sacred lake cause
pollution and destruction to the environment, it is also home
to Tibetan tradition and faith.
Pajorsang: Tibet is a highland.
It is very hard for its trees and vegetation to grow back once
they are destroyed.
In Tibet, the concept of environmental protection is
related to religion.
In our religion, you cannot harm any part of the ecology,
be it an animal, a plant or a mountain.
It is forbidden.
Human Rights Watch headquartered in New York recently
published, the 2015 Human Rights Report on Jan. 29.
According to this report, as cited by Voice of Tibet,
the CCP authorities used imprisonment, heavy fines and
restrictions of movement to punish the relatives of the
Tibetans who self-immolated, and their village communities.
It also forcibly displaced more than 2 million Tibetan
farmers and herdsmen.
Tibetan author Snow Lotus believed that the ideology of
“man over heaven" espoused by the CCP is fundamentally
in conflict with the beliefs of the Tibetan people.
Snow Lotus: If only the CCP government understood the
true situation of Tibet, they would know that its environment
has sustained its people for many millennia.
You must understand the belief system of the native born.
Some of the things that they do are, in your opinion, stupid
and backward, but are they really so?
Or can it be knowledge gathered from life experiences
of countless generations?
The illegal mining activities by the CCP government in
Tibet area and the police’s violent suppression of peaceful
Tibetan protestors have caught the attention of the
Canada Tibet Committee.
On Jan. 30, the Committee requested for this matter
to be brought to the UN Human Rights Council session
held in June this year for discussion.
It also urged the UN member states and the civil societies
to exert joint pressure on the CCP and ensure that the
Tibetans’ rights to freedom of peaceful assembly and
association are protected.
Interview/Chen Han Edit/Li Minfei Post-Production/Li Ziyuan