His Excellency Mr. President
The State Council General Office
Xichengqu Beijingshi 100017
People's Republic of China
Please allow me to speak to you on behalf of Amnesty International Czech Republic to express my deep concern over the case of 60 Tibetans injured after a peaceful protest in Driru in the Tibet Autonomous Region on October 6, 2013. According to information received by Amnesty International, some of those seriously injured were denied medical care for several days. As a result, at least one individual remains in a very critical condition. On the same day, 40 other protesters were detained. Some of them remain in detention to this day, and the whereabouts of others remains unknown.
The protesters had gathered to demand the release of a local Tibetan who was detained on September 29th after speaking out against authorities’ efforts to force local families and monasteries to fly the Chinese flag on the occasion of a Chinese national holiday.
Amnesty International believes that the Tibetans were deliberately attacked by the authorities solely for having peacefully exercised their right of assembly and association. It is evident that the Chinese authorities have done nothing to rein in excessive use of force by their security forces or to increase respect for Tibetans’ right to freedom of peaceful assembly in the Tibet Autonomous Region.
In the light of the above described, I respectfully urge you, Your Excellency, to ensure that:
• violence against Tibetans in Diriu be stopped immediately,
• injured Tibetans be granted access to medical care, and
• the cases of detained Tibetans be properly investigated.
Thank you for your attention to this important issue.