Amherst Select Board authorized resolution concerning situation in occupied Tibet at their meeting on Monday, November 7, 2011.
WHEREAS, Since the 2008 uprising in Tibet, there has been an undeclared martial law in place in Tibet and the situation in Tibet has now come to a breaking point and Tibetans, particularly in Ngaba region need our urgent help; and
WHEREAS, As a result of the Chinese government’s policy of political repression, cultural assimilation, economic marginalization and environmental destruction, Tibetans are being forced to make the strongest possible political statement by lighting themselves on fire; and
WHEREAS, Tibet has become ever more tense and urgent with the increasing cases of self-immolation by young Tibetans who find China's occupation and repression of Tibet intolerable; and
WHEREAS, Tibet today is going through one of the most critical periods in its history, where the very survival of the Tibetan people, its culture and tradition is at risk; and
WHEREAS, Tibetans in desperation are taking their own lives to send the strongest message possible statement that “life has become unbearable under the current Chinese brutal and repressive regime;
NOW, THEREFORE, we, the Select Board of Amherst, officially express our solidarity with all those who lost their lives and with all other Tibetans who are incarcerated for their courage to speak up for the rights of the Tibetan people and agree to urge the United Nations, freedom-loving countries and people around the world to show their support and solidarity with the Tibetan people at this critical stage and to put concrete pressure on the government of People's Republic of China to restore freedom and resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue for the mutual benefit of the Tibetan and Chinese people and, further, to urge the Town Manager to join the Global Intervention Now to Save Tibetan Lives Now by signing the petition on http://standupfortibet.org/ and sending a photo as well.