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Cultural genocide in Tibet due to Chinese domination

China blames Dalai Lama for all these uprisings and has described these uprisings as "violent behaviour whose aim is to create an atmosphere of terror".

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Self-Immolation in Tibet, Wikimedia commons

Since 2008, there has been a series of protests by Tibetans against the repressive Chinese domination in Tibet. Most of these self-immolation acts are done by monks, nuns or ex-monks. Some of them were even teenagers.

  • Tibet (also called as the Land of snow) is a beautiful plateau located in the centre of Asia and south-west China. Before China’s invasion, Tibet was comprised of 3 provinces- Kham, U-Tsang, and Amdo. Protests mainly take place in China’s occupied Tibet (i.e. in regions such as U-Tsang and parts of Kham).
  • According to a survey done by freetibet.org, more than 140 in March 2009, 80 in 2012 and nearly 40 peoples in 2013 have immolated themselves. Near about 6800 protesters have been arrested and tortured by Chinese troops.
Burnt body of a protester, Wikimedia commons
Burnt body of a protester, Wikimedia commons
  • The protests began as a result of Chinese invasion. According to freetibet.org, Chinese have wiped out the culture, religion, tradition, environmental assets of Tibet followed by repressive measures by Chinese security forces. In order to seek freedom and to protect their culture and national dignity, Tibetans have outburst into severe protests.
  • Not only from religious institutions but these protestors also include teachers, students, herdsmen, fathers, mothers and also teenagers (some of them have reported being 15 years old). Following the non-violence path set up by Dalai Lama, Tibetans prefer peaceful protests. However if needed, they go for any forms of protests.

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  • While on fire, Tibetans have shouted for Dalai Lama’s long life and his return to Tibet. They have also insisted on bringing human freedom rights back to Tibet. Protestors such as Tsering Gyal also said before dying that Today I self-immolated for the reunion of Tibetans inside and outside Tibet. My only wish for you is to be united and to work for the preservation of Tibetan language and tradition. If we do these things, Tibetans will be reunited.

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  • A portrait of another protestor Sangye Dolma was published after his death in which words were written in her hand “Tibet is an independent country.”
  • Back in the 1980 and in 2008 when Beijing was supposed to host the Olympic Games, Tibetans protested in huge numbers.
  • However, China has responded abruptly regarding this issue. With fear of spreading this news, China has intrinsically done complete blackout in the affected regions. With the increase in their military forces, they have introduced severe punishment and tortured for the accused and the protestors. China blames Dalai Lama for all these uprisings and has described these uprisings as “violent behaviour whose aim is to create an atmosphere of terror” . Even foreign journalists are rarely allowed inside the region.
  • Dalai Lama has remained neutral on this issue. He says “This is a very, very delicate political issue. If I say something positive, then the Chinese immediately blame me. If I say something negative, then the family members of those people feel very sad. They sacrificed their own life. It is not easy. So I do not want to create some kind of impression that this is wrong. So the best thing is to remain neutral.”

Prepared by Pritam

Pritam is a 3rd year engineering student in B.P. Poddar institute of management and technology, Kolkata. A simple person who tries to innovate and improvise himself. Twitter @pritam_gogreen

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Measles Kills 140,000 people, WHO Calls it “Collective Failure”

WHO Decries 'Collective Failure' as Measles Kills 140,000

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A child reacts after receiving a measles-rubella vaccination in Yangon, Myanmar. VOA

Measles infected nearly 10 million people in 2018 and killed 140,000, mostly children, as devastating outbreaks of the viral disease hit every region of the world, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

In figures described by its director general as “an outrage,” the WHO said most of last year’s measles deaths were in children under five years old who had not been vaccinated.

“The fact that any child dies from a vaccine-preventable disease like measles is frankly an outrage and a collective failure to protect the world’s most vulnerable children,” said the WHO’s director general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus.

The picture for 2019 is even worse, the WHO said, with provisional data up to November showing a three-fold increase compared with the same period in 2018.

The United States has already reported its highest number of measles cases in 25 years in 2019, while four countries in Europe — Albania, the Czech Republic, Greece and Britain — lost their WHO “measles-free” status in 2018 after suffering large outbreaks.

An ongoing outbreak of measles in South Pacific nation of Samoa has infected more than 4,200 people and killed more than 60, mostly babies and children, in a battle complicated by a vocal anti-vaccination movement.

Globally, measles vaccination rates have stagnated for almost a decade, the WHO said. It and the UNICEF children’s fund say that in 2018, around 86% of children got a first dose of measles vaccine through their country’s routine vaccination services, and fewer than 70% got the second dose recommended to fully protect them from measles infection.

Highly contagious

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A child gets vaccinated at a health clinic in Apia, Samoa. Samoa. VOA

Measles is one of the most contagious known diseases — more so than Ebola, tuberculosis or flu. It can linger in the air or on surfaces for several hours after an infected person has been and gone — putting anyone not vaccinated at risk.

In some wealthier nations, vaccination rates have been hit by some parents shunning them for what they say are religious or philosophical reasons. Mistrust of authority and debunked myths about links to autism also weaken vaccine confidence and lead some parents to delay protecting their children.

Research published in October showed that measles infection not only carries a risk of death or severe complications including pneumonia, brain damage, blindness and deafness, but can also damage the victim’s immune memory for months or years — leaving those who survive measles vulnerable to other dangerous diseases such as flu or severe diarrhea.

The WHO data showed there were an estimated 9,769,400 cases of measles and 142,300 related deaths globally in 2018. This compares to 7,585,900 cases and 124,000 deaths in 2017.

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In 2018, measles hit hardest in Liberia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Madagascar, Somalia and Ukraine, the WHO said, with these five nations accounting for nearly half of global cases.

Robert Linkins, a specialist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said the data were worrying: “Without improving measles vaccine coverage we’re going to continue to see these needless deaths. We must turn this trend around.” (VOA)