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International Convention on Tibet and Peace in South Asia (1989) [p.349]



New Delhi, India

August 1989

The Convention: Expresses its belief that historically and legally Tibet has been a free country with its distinct culture, language, and history; Condemns the continuing illegal occupation of Tibet by China and calls upon the Chinese to respect the UN Declaration contained in the Resolution of the General Assembly, No.1514 that "The subjection of peoples to alien subjugation, domination, and exploitation constitutes a denial of fundamental human rights;�Expresses its outrage at the brutality perpetrated against the Tibetan people by the Chinese government and the systematic efforts to destroy the Tibetan identity by taking recourse to infanticide and population transfer; Calls upon the People's Republic of China to acknowledge the right of the Tibetan people to decide their own future, free of any foreign interference in accordance with the Resolution of the UN General Assembly No. 1723 of 1961; Demands that the People's Republic of China at once lift the martial law imposed on Tibet in March 1989 and release all those who have been detained with or without trial in the course of their struggle for human rights and freedom; Seeks a more active involvement of the United Nations on the issue of Tibet and urges the UN to grant observer status to the representatives of the Dalai Lama; Endorses the Five-Point Peace Plan of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and urges the Chinese government to open negotiations with the representatives of the Dalai Lama on the basis of this Peace Plan; Asks the governments of India and China to take positive steps to demilitarize the Himalayan region and ensure that Tibet becomes a zone of peace in accordance with the wishes of its people; Appeals to the free peoples of the world to extend their support to the cause of the Tibetan people both in the matter of their human rights and their right to live as the free people of a free country; Urges the government of India to acknowledge its responsibility for Tibet and appreciate the importance of a free Tibet to ensure peace between India and China and generally in South Asia; and Calls upon the governments of the world to use their moral and political power to persuade the People's Republic of China to respect the wishes of the Tibetan People.

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