That this House is gravely concerned and saddened by the continued instances of self-immolation by Tibetans inside Tibet as a means to draw attention to the ongoing repression by the Chinese authorities; notes that there have been 41 occurrences since 2009, 25 being in 2012, and that 31 Tibetans have died; is worried for the safety and well-being of those who survived and whose whereabouts are either unconfirmed or who are in hospital but have no contact with their family; further notes the lack of any constructive steps being taken by the Chinese government to address the grievances of the Tibetan people despite continued widespread resistance to its rule by Tibetans through demonstrations and other actions; is greatly disturbed by the Chinese authorities’ imposition of de facto martial law in all Tibetan regions, the restriction of movement for Tibetans and the complete ban on foreign media; calls on the Prime Minister to make a public statement of concern about the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet; further calls on the Government to support the Dalai Lama’s request that the Chinese government carries out a thorough investigation on the causes of the self-immolations and to urge the Chinese government to ease tensions by withdrawing its armed forces from Tibetan areas and to give foreign journalists, humanitarian agencies and independent observers full and unfettered access to Tibetan areas to ascertain the current situation; and further calls on the Government to work with other governments to safeguard Tibetans’ rights and interests and instigate a multilateral approach whereby international governments together urge the Chinese government to enter into immediate and unconditional negotiations with representatives of the Tibetan people in order to resolve the Tibetans’ underlying grievances.

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