More than 2,000 people have signed the petition. We’ve heard reports that
approximately 200 local Tibetans remained on guard at the monastery last
night, but most have now returned home after hearing the monks would not be
forced to leave the monastery. The situation however remains tense.
International pressure is helping! In addition to signing the online
petition, please take 5 simple actions outlined below to help end the siege
at Kirti monastery and to protect the monks and local Tibetans who are
bravely resisting China’s violent attacks.
I am deeply concerned about the situation in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba Tibetan
Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province). Following the death of Phuntsok
Jarutsang, a monk from Kirti monastery, on 16 March 2011 there has been a
violent and intimidating crackdown against Tibetans by the Chinese
I demand that you immediately:
- release all the Tibetans who have been arbitrarily detained.
- cease with the crackdown and intimidation of Tibetans in Ngaba and the
monks at Kirti Monastery.
- stop the forced political re-education at Kirti Monastery, which violates
Tibetans' basic right to religious freedom.
- allow independent international media and government officials to visit
I have alerted my Beijing embassy and government representatives to the
grave situation in Ngaba and have urged them to raise this issue with
Chinese officials. Your continued crackdown in Tibet only serves to further
garner global support for the Tibet cause and tarnish China's international
*2. ALERT THE U.S. AUTHORITIES IN CHINA*
We urge you to contact the U.S. Embassy in Beijing immediately and alert
them to the increasingly volatile situation and 'climate of fear' Ngaba,
When you call, politely ask the Embassy officials to contact the Chinese
authorities in Ngaba County (Ch: Aba Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan
Province) immediately as people's lives are at stake.
Ask them to:
1) Seek full and detailed information about the individuals detained with
assurances that those needing medical attention receive it immediately.
2) Press the Chinese government to respect the right of Tibetans to peaceful
U.S. Embassy in Beijing: (86-10) 8531-3000
[Please note this is the main switchboard number; ask to speak to someone in
*3. ALERT YOUR CONGRESSIONAL REPRESENTATIVES*
In addition to contacting our U.S. authorities in Beijing, please also call
your Congressional Representatives' offices to alert them to the situation.
Ask your Members of Congress to contact the Chinese authorities at the
Embassy or Consulates nearest you to express concern over reports of monks
being attacked at their monastery in eastern Tibet.