Amnesty International has slammed the Bush administration for removing China from the list of human rights violators amid unrest in Tibet.
Last Tuesday the US State Department dropped China from its list of the world's worst human rights violators, keeping Iran, North Korea, and Syria still on the list.
The Tibet crackdown is a "big embarrassment for Bush, coming just a couple of days after the State Department decision to delist China as a top human rights violator," said T. Kumar, Amnesty International's Washington-based Asia-Pacific advocacy director.
Violence in Tibet spilled over into neighboring provinces Sunday where Tibetan protesters defied a Chinese government crackdown. The Dalai Lama warned Tibet faced "cultural genocide" and appealed to the world for help.
Protests against Chinese rule of Tibet were reported in neighboring Sichuan and Qinghai provinces and also in western Gansu province. All are home to sizable Tibetan populations.
Tibet was effectively independent for decades before Chinese communist troops entered in 1950. The latest unrest began March 10 on the anniversary of a 1959 uprising against Chinese rule of Tibet.
The protests are an embarrassment for China, coming just weeks before the Beijing Summer Olympics ceremonies kick off with the torch relay, which is set to pass through Tibet.
Global Policy Forum | Potentially Massive Oil and Gas Find in Tibet
September 5, 2001
Chinese researchers have discovered massive new gas and oil deposits totaling an estimated 4 billion to 5.4 billion tons in Tibet in southwestern China, the newspaper China Daily reported. The estimates, though tentative, will likely aid China's attempts to increase foreign interest and investment in its western regions, which in turn will strengthen Beijing's control across the country.
BBCNews | China finds oil in Tibet
Chinese geologists are reported to have discovered a vast oil deposit in a remote part of northern Tibet.
The oil deposit in the Qiangtan Basin extends over 100 kilometres (60 miles) and may hold as much as 100 million tonnes of oil, according the official Xinhua news agency.
The Chinese government has ambitious plans for Tibet, which include developing five airports and building a railway linking the mountainous region to the outside world.
Earlier this year, the Chinese government pledged to spend $3.8bn (£2.6bn, 4.1bn euros) to complete more than 100 construction projects in Tibet.
Oil extraction in Tibet's mountains is likely to attract criticism from environmentalists and human rights activists.
Reread your own post. What you basically are saying is : Countries , go ahead and conquer your neighbour because if you are able to conquer, then you are allowed and should be allowed to rule over that part of the world.
Originally posted by jitombe
reply to post by biggie smalls
I know I am alone on this one but China reserves the right to keep control of Tibet. I am sure my view on this issue is not popular but it is what it is. Israel is not giving up it's land, neither is China and neither is Serbia. Why doesn't the U.S. give back some of the "good" land back to the American Indians. Let all the black people create their own country here as well since they were brought to the U.S. as slaves. Mexico can have back it's territory that the U.S. took away. Does anyone see where I am going with this?
The people in Tibet were conquered by the China, that pretty much sums it up for me. Human rights get abused by every country, just look around. Americans have never been conquered by any foreign country, that's what makes it difficult for the typical American to see both sides. America does plenty of conquering but has never been on the receiving end of it. One other thing, America will never be conquered by any other nation, no freaking way. Not the real America I know of and love, but that America is gone and I want it back! Let's start with bringing the troops home, we may have to send them to China if we let power mongers have their way, again.
This board is not solely for Americans, nor is this thread about Americans or the U.S.
Originally posted by jitombe
reply to post by antar
Yes China has the right to do as it pleases, whether we like it or not. I may not approve of their methods but it is their right. The U.S. is not the policeman of the world, it cannot tell other countries what to do or how to treat their people. Tibet was conquered and is a part of China. I do feel bad about the the bad things that have been done to the people of Tibet but then again I feel bad for deer that get shot by hunters just so they could hang a deerhead on their wall.
Originally posted by Witness2008
Start with local reps then move onto sponsors..i
Originally posted by goosdawg
Um...Tibet's gots teh oil and gas:
Demonstrators in several European cities have gathered to oppose China's crackdown on 'pro-independence activists' in Tibet.
The rallies were held on Sunday with some of the protestors calling for a boycott of the Olympic Games in Beijing, AFP reported.
In The Hague, some 400 people tried to storm the Chinese embassy and 100 protestors managed to tear down part of the gate surrounding the building. They then proceeded to replace the Chinese flag with a Tibetan one before the Dutch police stepped in and prevented them from entering the embassy compound.