New York: A day ahead of China’s 19th Party Congress, Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) staged a street action outside the Chinese Consulate featuring a giant bloodbath with several dead bodies to symbolize Xi’s flagrant rights abuses in Tibet during his first five year term.
Since his ascent to the top of the Chinese Communist Party in 2012, Xi’s leadership has been characterized by a wholesale effort to silence dissent – at home and abroad – across a range of issues, not least relating to China’s continued occupation of restive Tibet. SFT’s newly released joint report,‘Xi Jinping: Five Years of Failure in Tibet’ describes the severity of the situation in Tibet, showing firmly how Xi is, first and foremost, responsible for the intense crackdown that has deepened over the past five years, with China inflicting widespread, systematic repression across Tibet, that is affecting Tibetans’ everyday lives.
“Xi must be held responsible for the current situation in Tibet and, as we move into his second five year term – or possibly more – the brutal impact of his policies must be brought to the attention of the world”, said Dorjee Tseten, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet. “Xi Jinping is the great silencer – silencing dissenting voices and criticism at home and abroad; the dictator of the unfree world. He cannot be allowed to evade criticism from governments and world leaders any longer.”
At a time of huge global uncertainty and anxiety Xi has positioned himself as a champion of the global liberal order; a contradictory image to the reality that he is an oppressor who oversees the systematic repression of millions under his rule. To date the international community has turned a blind eye to Xi’s failings and has shamefully kow-towed to his aggressive influence instead of consistently and unitedly speaking out against his extraordinary assault on basic human rights.
““It disgusting how Xi Jinping has been allowed to get away with murder in Tibet, and it’s frightening to think what will happen in the next five years if governments do not take a stand” said Pema Yoko, Deputy Director of Students for a Free Tibet. “Leaders of the free world must not let Xi, a dictator of the unfree world, continue along this path. To do so is tantamount to endorsing the serious, systematic abuses of the Tibetan people.”
Students for a Free Tibet works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. It is a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world. Through education, grassroots organizing and nonviolent direct action, they campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom.