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Tibetans observe International Day against Torture

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The Tibetan people have had to endure decades of torture under the harsh rule of China. It is now time for Tibetans to stand up together against torture. Tibetans have observed the International Day against Torture reported on June 23, 2014.

This year's theme for the observance of a stand against torture is fighting impunity. A ceremony was attended by Tsering Wangchuk, Tibetan Minister of Health, Sonam Dorjee, Dharamshala Settlement officer, Golok Jigme and local Tibetans. There was a minute of silence observed in solidarity with all the Tibetan martyrs.

In his address to the ceremony Wangchuk said Tibetans observed International Torture Day in solidarity and support of people worldwide who are subjected to or who are undergoing torture. Wangchuk called the Tibetan Torture Survivors Program an important program under the Tibetan Department of Health. He said the program has provided help to about 600 former political prisoners and is presently looking after 80 former political prisoners.

Jigme is a Tibetan monk who helped to make the documentary film "Leaving Fear Behind." He shared his experience and what it was like being tortured in Chinese prison. Jigme said he was tortured for over a month in a Chinese prison. He has been arrested by the Chinese many times.

On December 12, 1997 the United Nations General Assembly proclaimed June 26 the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture. The United Nations wants to see the total eradication of torture. The United Nations also has a keen interest in the effective functioning of the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment.

Tibetans in exile in Dharamshala remembered their people suffering repression under the Chinese rule while observing the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on Sunday instead of June 26 because a large of number of Tibetans will be leaving for the Kalachakra teaching in Ladakh by June 26 reports the Central Tibetan Administration. There was a minute of silence to show respect to all those Tibetans who sacrificed their lives and who are suffering terribly in Tibet under Chinese rule. Sadly torture continues in various forms against Tibetans and others across the world at this time.

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