Climbers Witness Tibetan Shootings
Climbers on Cho Oyu witnessed the shooting dead of at least one Tibetan refugee on a glacial pass early this month, now the Chinese are claiming the guards acted in self defence.
Posted: 16 October 2006
A British climber witnessed Chinese troops fatally shooting at
least one Tibetan refugee as a group of Tibetans tried to enter Nepal
over a Himalayan pass.
reports that Steve Marsh was resting at a camp on Cho Oyu when he
witnessed border guards shooting dead a young nun as a column of 25
Tibetans attempted to cross the border via a high glacial pass.
is reporting that the Chinese government has admitted the shooting
but claims that the Chinese guards were acting in self defence after
being 'attacked' by the refugees, one of whom was reported killed and
two injured 'including one who died later of altitude sickness'.
A Romanian cameraman is reported to have videoed the incident,
which took place on September 30 with the video apparently
contradicting the Chinese claims as it shows no confrontation, but
rather the guards shooting at a line of distant people trekking
through the snow.
The pass is a common escape route for Tibetans anxious to flee the
country, which is under Chinese rule.
Many walkers and climbers will be more than a little uneasy that a
large number of outdoor clothing and equipment brands, both European
and American, manufacture in China for business reasons and some will
take the decision to boycott such products.
Others argue that the best hope of liberalising China is to help
it become part of a world economy in the hope that greater prosperity
will eventually bring less draconian politics.
The response of Free
Tibet is to call on people to write to UN representatives and
relevant UK politicians including your own MP 'calling for the UN
agencies and the international community to take immediate steps to
ensure the safety of Tibetan refugees fleeing into Nepal and launch
an independent and transparent investigation into the killings'.
Discuss this story
Life's very cheap to those Chinese soldiers, and it seems to me that while the so called 'civilised' world continues to reward the Chinese for their total disregard for human life and rights there'll be absolutely no reason for them to change.
I'm no athlete, but if I was I can say with certainty that I wouldn't be taking part in the Beijing Olympics.
Posted: 16/10/2006 at 17:54
Further to the mention in the article about lobbying MPs - this website
is a very quick and simple way to write to your MP if anybody wants to.
Posted: 16/10/2006 at 17:58