03 December 2012
On December 1, China Daily, a Chinese
government-aligned mouthpiece, reported that Chinese Foreign
Ministry spokesman Hong Lei criticised our Supreme Court of
Appeals' ruling that declared that our government acted
unlawfully in failing to give the Dalai Lama an entry visa last
If correctly reported, this statement proves
how little the Chinese government understands or appreciates
constitutionalism, democracy and national sovereignty.
It is unheard of that a foreign government would
criticise a judicial decision of another government.
Our own government respects the independence of our
judiciary and must demand that any foreign government does the
same. If the report
is correct, we call on our Minister of Foreign Affairs to lodge
a formal complaint with the Chinese government for this action
of aggression on our constitution and our sovereignty.
The article continues by quoting Yang Lihua, a
researcher on African studies at the government-backed Chinese
Academy of Social Sciences, stating that "the core of the
problem is that some civil organizations and people in South
Africa have not known enough about the unprecedented
development that has taken place in Tibet . If they had been
to Tibet, I believe their stance toward the Dalai Lama would
have totally changed".
Many members of parliaments from all over the
democratic world and I have repeatedly demanded from the Chinese
government the opportunity of visiting Tibet for a fact-finding
mission and to move around Tibet with the same freedom we move
around any democratic country in the world.
We want to see and understand for ourselves why about
fifty people have burned themselves alive to protest and
highlight internationally the human rights violations that are
reported to take place there in a systematic way.
We want to visit the jails that are reported to host and
torture people on account of their race, religion and opinion.
On the strength of the aforesaid reported
statement of Yang Lihua, I will be writing to the Chinese
Ambassador in South Africa to request that he organizes a trip
to Tibet for me and my ten colleagues from the International
Parliamentarians' Action Group on Tibet with our staff so as to
be able to visit Tibet and move freely in that region.
If the Chinese government does not rise to this challenge
and does not grant us such opportunity to see for ourselves,
people like Yang Lihua and various Chinese government spokesmen
and officials would be better served by keeping silent.
Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini, MP
IFP Spokesman on Tibet
Member of the International Parliamentarians' Action Group