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India: Stand Up for Tibet

As Indian members of Students for a Free Tibet India, we have launched this petition on August 15th, 2012 66 years after India gained independence from British colonial rule. Our independence was won through a freedom struggle based on the principles of non-violence, non-cooperation and civil disobedience. On this day, we also remember the rebellious actions of courageous martyrs like Bhagat Singh who sacrificed their lives for the cause of Indias independence. The Tibetan freedom struggle shares the same values as the Indian Independence movement. Today, Tibetans in Tibet are burning themselves in the ultimate act of nonviolent resistance against the Chinese government. At least 49 Tibetan have self-immolated to protest Chinas occupation and to call on people around the world to support their cause. Please sign the letter below. As we commemorate our independence, we ask our Indian brothers and sisters to stand in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their fight for independence. Our goal is to collect 2,500 letters by October 2nd, 2012 - Gandhi Jayanti - a day that symbolizes our nations ability to reject colonial rule, to recognize freedom as our birthright, and to regain our independence. We will deliver these letters to Shri S. M. Krishna, the Minister of External Affairs on this day.

To Shri S. M. Krishna, The Minister of External Affairs Govt of India At least 49 Tibetans have set fire to themselves in Tibet since March 2009 as an act of political protest against China's unjust rule; 40 self-immolations have taken place in the past year alone. Thirty Tibetans have died as a result of their injuries while the well-being and whereabouts of the others remain unknown. Tibetans are burning their own bodies to show that they will no longer tolerate China's repression and as an urgent cry for support to the outside world. Now is a critical time for India to stand in solidarity with the Tibetan people's nonviolent struggle for freedom. . In response to the self-immolations several countries including Canada, the Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Belgium, the United Kingdom, and the European Union have made strong statements in regards to the human rights crisis in Tibet. . We are asking you to join with partner nations in calling for global diplomatic action on Tibet to secure a resolution for the Tibetan people. . India has ancient cultural, political and religious ties with Tibet, and our nations shared a peaceful border for many centuries. Today, we host the world's largest population of Tibetan refugees. Following the occupation of Tibet, our border relations with China have become increasingly tense and unstable. As concerned Indian citizens, we believe that it is in India's strategic interest to help bring about an end to China's violent rule in Tibet. A resolution for Tibet will help the long-term stability and peace in the region. . As the world's largest democracy with our history of struggle based on Mahatma Gandhi's principles of non-violence and non-cooperation, India has a moral obligation to add her voice to the multilateral pressure on China to stop the crackdown in Tibet. . As a conscious Indian citizen who greatly value freedom, I strongly urge you to make a strong and clear statement condemning China's crackdown in Tibet and calling for a multilateral forum to resolve the crisis. Sincerely,

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