A referendum to end the crisis in Tibet

Agree. Campaigning for self-determination is the way forward. Not bickering and fighting over Middle Way or Rangzen. Tibetans should be demanding a referendum on the issue from the Chinese and international governments.

Tsamtruk Online Network

By Tsering Passang (First published on 30 August 2012 by openDemocracy.net)

Allowing Tibetans in Tibet to choose their own destiny may be the only way to end the current crisis and political deadlock.

In November 2008, the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile convened the First Special General Meeting on Tibet in Dharamsala, northern India, attracting 560 Tibetan delegates from nineteen countries. After six days of intense deliberations on ways to find a resolution to the urgent crisis in Tibet, the summit released final recommendations, which included urging the continued leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and pursuing his ‘Middle-Way’ Approach. I attended this important meeting from London.

Four years on, many changes have taken place worldwide, including the Arab Spring that brought the downfall of repressive regimes in some North African countries, and the creation of a new state – South Sudan. On the Sino-Tibetan conflict, despite unprecedented events of over 50…

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