Saturday, December 8, 2012
Tibet: A Story of Discrimination
some 67 have a military background (41 are full members of the CC and the rest are alternate members).
The entire military contingent in the CC, in other words 100% of 67, are Han Chinese.
Where is the 'equality' amongst nationalities inscribed in the Chinese Constitution?
The present situation is discriminatory. There is a reason for that: the Hans have never trusted the 'minorities'.
As a result there is no 'minority' military officer on the Central Committee. Incidentally, a 'woman' officer has been rewarded with one seat (Dr Chen Zuoning working for the Research Institute of the PLA General Logistics Department).
Amongst the delegates to the 18th Party Congress, some 300 delegates were associated with the People's Liberation Army or the People's Armed Police (para-military forces).
The delegation had some 21 women (2 Manchus) and 14 'minority' officers, but none of them could make it to the CC.
Now, the People's Daily informs us that "China has launched a new regulation to curb self-immolation after several Tibetans burned themselves to death over the past months".
The new regulation has been prepared by the Ministry of Public Security, the Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate.
It states that "people who in any form plan, organize, incite or help others perform self-immolation will be tried for intentional homicide".
Further, it stipulates that "people who burn themselves in public places will be charged with a public security offense and those who parade a corpse through the streets or gather to watch the immolation without actively stopping the suicide will also be subject to criminal prosecution."
Xu Zhitao, one of the Director of the United Front Work Department affirmed that many of the people who perform self immolation have been brainwashed: "It is just not in their religion to end their own lives in such an unnatural and abrupt way. The Tibetan Buddhism is long known for its advocacy of sympathy and leniency. They respect life more than anything and this new wave of self-immolation, sponsored by the Dalai Lama or not, is against the fundamental teachings of Buddhism and a severe violation of the law."
In any case, Mr. He says it has nothing to do
The fact remains that the so-called minorities are discriminated in the so-called People's Republic, otherwise why can't a Tibetan, a Mongol or an Uyghur make it to the Central Military Commission or the Politburo.
Today out of the 205 full CC members, Tibet has only one representative, Pema Thinley, the Chairman of the Tibetan Autonomous Region.
Interestingly, Ling Jihua has become the new United Front Chief after his son Ling Gu died in a car accident in Beijing on March 18.
Ling, a friend of President Hu Jintao was 'sacked' from his powerful job in the General Office of the CCP.
The New York Times reported: "Before dawn on March 18, a black Ferrari Spider speeding along Fourth Ring Road in Beijing ricocheted off a wall, struck a railing and cracked in two. Mr. Ling was killed instantly, and the two young Tibetan women with him were hospitalized with severe injuries. One died months later, and the other is recovering, party insiders said."
Ling tried his best to cover his son's accident.
The families of the two women in the car are said to have received money from China’s largest state oil company to keep quiet. According to a top executive of a major foreign multinational, large sums had been paid “to make sure they shut up.”