“Flame of Truth” torch to travel to five Continents
Over the last sixty years since the Communist China’s brutal occupation of Tibet, Beijing has never changed its hard-line policies on Tibet. This has resulted in China exploiting not only Tibet’s rich natural resources but also killing, torturing, imprisoning and harassing the Tibetan people continuously. However, we have thus far persistently held onto to our unique culture, spiritual tradition and identity to struggle for the truth.
Since 2008 the Chinese security forces have particularly cracked down hard on Tibetans leading to numerous deaths and countless tortures. The situation is getting worse each day. Consequently, the Tibetan people have been setting themselves on fire one after another to demand a peaceful resolution of the Tibetan issue, return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet and to let the UN and the international community know about the Tibetan people’s aspirations and the sorrows hidden deep within their hearts. Tibet today is like hell on earth.
Standing in solidarity with the courageous and selfless acts of our brothers and sisters inside Tibet and to let the world know about their sacrifices, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile launched the worldwide Flame of Truth Relay on 6 July, the day on which our beloved spiritual leader His Holiness the Fourteenth Dalai Lama was born. For over a month since then, the Torch has travelled to 48 regions in India covering nearly a dozen states. The people of India and Tibetans living in these places actively participated in the relay and signed the appeal. We are grateful to all of them. The relay still goes on in India and we urge everyone to take part when it passes your locality.
On the Tibetan Democracy Day, which falls on 2 September, the second leg of the Flame of Truth Relay will begin in North America, Europe, South-east Asia, Africa and Australia. The relay will travel through more than 30 countries in these five continents. Our demands are:
- The United Nations must discuss the issue of Tibet based on the resolutions that it has passed in 1959, 1961 and 1965, and continuously make efforts to fulfil the substance of these resolutions
- An independent international fact-finding delegations must immediately be sent to investigate the ongoing crisis in Tibet
- The United Nations must take special responsibility to ensure that the basic aspirations of the Tibetans inside Tibet are fulfilled
In order to meet the terms of these demands hundreds of thousands of signatures will be collected in different countries across the world, including India, through which the Flame of Truth torch will travel. The historic relay will be concluded on 10 December with submission of appeal letters and signatures simultaneously to the UN Headquarters in New York City, UN Human Rights Council in Geneva and UN information office in New Delhi.
Committee on the Flame of Truth Relay
22 August 2012, Dharamsala