Tibetans in exile concerned over unrest in Tibet

The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in this north Indian hill town.

Dharamsala: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) Sunday expressed concern over the prevailing tense situation in Tibet and asked the Chinese authorities to redress the genuine grievances of locals.

"The tragic self-immolations by Tibetans would stop only if the Chinese government addresses their genuine and long-standing grievances, and finds a lasting solution to the problem of Tibet through dialogue," Dicki Chhoyang, minister of information and international relations of the CTA, said here.

According to the democratically-elected CTA, 56 Tibetans have set themselves afire to protest China`s policies and to press their demand for freedom since March 2011.

One more Tibetan immolated himself in Tibet`s northeastern Sangchu County Saturday, the CTA said.

"We again strongly reiterate our long-standing appeal to the international community to press the Chinese government to end the deepening crisis in Tibet," she added.

Expressing anguish over the spate of self-immolation incidents in Tibet, the prime minister has asked the Tibetans to refrain from such a drastic form of protest.

The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in this north Indian hill town.

IANS

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