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Tibet was historically sovereign, and in particular was sovereign and independent in 1950 when the PRC invaded and occupied the country. The government of Tibet, still functioning in exile in India, is the legitimate government of the Tibetan people. Furthermore, only the restoration of a government and institutions freely chosen by the Tibetan people will end the abusive human rights practices and policies in Tibet that threaten the survival of the Tibetans as a people, and secure stability in an otherwise potentially violent region. The threat to the Tibetan people if the international community takes no action is real, immediate and overwhelming; the threat to the fundamental values underpinning international human rights law is no less so.

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