Rethink the Status of Tibet

Published on December 18 by The Wall Street Journal | Opinion Asia.
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By: Ellen Bork

Nearly 100 Tibetans have committed suicide over the past three years in protest of conditions under Chinese rule. At first, the self-immolators were mostly monks and nuns. Now more lay people, women and parents of young children are joining them.

In response, Beijing has intensified the policies that have already caused so much despair. It continues to denigrate the Dalai Lama and Tibetan religion and language. It has increased already harsh security measures, and imposed criminal penalties on relatives of the suicide protestors.

What is to be done in the face of such repression? For starters, the world must re-examine how it acquiesced to China’s Tibet policies.

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