Geneva – Tibetan poet and activist Tenzin Tsundue spoke at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy on April 6, 2022 and said: “Internationally, all countries that have made trade with China have benefited from the suffering of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongols, Manchus. , Hong Kong, Taiwan and all other countries that are under the influence of China. You took advantage of our suffering. Therefore, you have a duty to work for the human rights of our people.
Tenzin Tsundue, a Tibetan poet and activist, spoke at the Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy on April 6, 2022, as part of his speaking tour. The event, which drew worldwide attention for its commitment to exposing human rights abuses around the world, included a special segment on China titled “The Struggle for Human Rights in China “.
Tenzin Tsundue spoke at a panel discussion that also included Rushan Abbas, founder of the Campaign for the Uyghurs and sister of a political prisoner in China, and Joey Siu, political adviser at Hong Kong Watch, adviser to the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China; hosted by Luke de Pulford, the founder and CEO of Arise, an anti-slavery charity.
Tsundue began his speech by unfurling the Tibetan national flag on the stage, then described how the flag had been confiscated the day before as he tried to take a photo of it in front of all the other flags at the UN headquarters. He gave a historical account of the Tibetan struggle during World War II. Tenzin added, “I still believe there is another way. It doesn’t have to be that way. We don’t have to be enemies, we don’t have to kill each other, we don’t have to hate each other.”
Recalling his days in prison, Tsundue added, “When I was in prison, I felt there was no hope for me. Because what happens in prison in Tibet is that Chinese security cuts off all relations that you have with the outside world. There’s no access to your attorney, there’s no sense of timing that’s happening. They won’t tell you what’s going to happen. I was blindfolded, beaten, tortured, deprived of food, deprived of sleep, in order to, what they call “breaking the person”.
He explained to the audience that the prison system was designed to allow only the basic survival thought of the individual. He added, “My Buddhist upbringing and Tibetan culture gave me the inner strength that true strength is not that which tortures from the outside; that which is within you – where you believe there is a higher purpose to which you have dedicated your life. For that, you have to empower yourself, and that empowerment does not come from your anger or your hatred, or your desire for revenge. In fact, sympathize with the enemy who is going through a period of weakness from hating you.
The activist added that 60% of China’s landmass is the occupied region and he is more concerned about the Chinese people being oppressed by their own government. “No democracy and freedom in China, China is the biggest dictatorship in the world. Unfortunately, the international community and governments support China because they do business with it,” he said. urged the world not to put trade before peace.
He also said, “One of the things I emphasize as a Tibetan is not to suffer. Take it as a pride to work for freedom and human rights and believe it is the right thing to do and find joy in it. I’ll tell you what – then the enemy will begin to feel insecure.
The moderator then asked Tsundue what he thought of the passivity of world leaders and what message he would like to convey to them. Tsundue replied, “China has, in some ways, created a narrative where China has not only colonized these occupied countries since 1949, China is now going back into history. China is colonizing history.
“Internationally, all countries that have traded with China have benefited from the suffering of Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongols, Manchus, Hong Kong, Taiwan and all other countries under Chinese influence. You took advantage of our suffering. You have a duty to work for the human rights of our people,” the Tibetan activist said.
Tenzin Tsundue will continue his advocacy talks throughout this month in different parts of Europe, such as Norway and Denmark, before returning to India on April 29, 2022.