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A delegation of Tibetan parliamentarians in exile met with Apni Party President Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari to brief him on the long-standing violations of fundamental and human rights faced by the people in Tibet. They explained the historical background of the Tibetan dispute and its occupation, urging the Apni Party President to openly support their cause.
According to a press note, the Tibetan parliamentarians in exile, including Dawa Tsering, Ms Yeshi Dolma, and Tenpa Yarphel, are presently on an advocacy tour in Srinagar. They held a meeting with Apni Party’s president at the party’s headquarters in Srinagar, during which they presented a memorandum to Mr. Bukhari. The party’s Senior Vice President Ghulam Hassan Mir was also present on this occasion.
The memorandum reads: “Tibetan people have been traumatized by systematic violations of their most fundamental human rights and threats to their distinct cultural and national identity since the People’s Republic of China (PRC) invaded Tibet in 1949. Over the last seven decades, the situation in Tibet has been deteriorating to the extent that it is now facing the imminent threat of cultural genocide and total annihilation of Tibetan identity.”
“There has never been, in past history, any sort of territorial boundary between India and China. However, such a boundary has now come into being and that boundary continues to remain a subject of dispute and behind those boundaries are our Tibetan brothers and sisters who continue to suffer under the subjugation and repressive policies of China,” The letter added.
According to the press release, Syed Mohammad Altaf Bukhari patiently listened to the delegation members and assured them that his party and its leadership would always stand for the fundamental and other rights of people worldwide. He stated, “Apni Party stands for democracy, democratic values, and the protection of fundamental and human rights guaranteed to everyone by the UN charter in each and every country.”