The Tibet Bureau Geneva is organizing a three-day virtual event marking the 70 years since the forceful imposition of the 17-point agreement by China on Tibet. The theme of the virtual panel is “17-Pooint Agreement and 70-years of Oppression in Tibet.” The virtual panel discussion will be held from 21 to 23 May 2021, at 6:30 to 8 pm (India time) [3:00 to 4:30 pm (Geneva) and 9:00 to 10:30 am (New York)] and will be broadcasted live on Tibet Bureau Geneva Facebook Page.
This year, 23 May, marks the 70th year since the forceful signing of the 17-point agreement between Tibet and China which promised “liberation.” Later, however, China breached its own agreement and “promises of liberation” have unleashed unprecedented atrocities against Tibetans. China’s propagandistic narratives of 70 years of liberation are in fact 70 years of oppression in Tibet.
The circumstances and impact of the breach of 17 point agreement are very similar to China’s breach of Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong. The breach of the Sino-British agreement has brought back the focus of the world to China’s flagrant violations of international laws with impunity. It is time the international community looks at the history to decide the future course of actions.
The first day of the panel discussion will be on the topic “China’s Politics of Liberation and Non-Compliance: Drawing Parallels from Tibet and Hong Kong.” The panel discussion will commence with the opening remarks of President of the Central Tibetan Administration Dr. Lobsang Sangay; UK Parliamentarian Tim Loughton; Italian Senator Lucio Malan; Swiss Parliamentarian Nicolas Walder; Deputy Mayor 1st District Budapest Gelencsér Ferenc; Office of Tibet- Japan Representative Tsewang Gyalpo Arya; and Convenor of the 2047 Hong Kong Monitor, Edward Chin.
The second day of the panel discussion will be on the topic: “70-years of Oppression and Destruction in Tibet: Discussion with Researchers from CTA.” The speakers at the discussion are UN Advocacy Officer Kalden Tsomo (Tibet Bureau Geneva); EU- Human Rights Desk Head Dukthen Kyi (DIIR); Environment Desk Researcher Dechen Palmo (TPI); Research Fellow Tenzin Lhadon (TPI). The third day of the panel discussion will be on the topic: “70-years of Human Rights Violations in Tibet: Discussion with Civil Societies from Europe.” The panels will be moderated by Thinlay Chukki from Tibet Bureau Geneva.
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