Sikyong Penpa Tsering Calls China’s Boarding School System Biggest Threat to Tibetan Identity

(, September 22, 2022) – Sikyong Penpa Tsering of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) on September 21 accused China of embarking on a campaign to wipe out Tibetan culture and called the new system of he boarding school she set up in Tibet is the biggest threat to the region’s identity today.

Speaking to Japan’s All-Party Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet at the Japanese parliament building in Tokyo, the CTA’s chief executive said the Chinese government has forcibly separated 80 percent of Tibetan children in the region at from the age of 3 years of their families and their roots culture to sinicize them in these boarding schools.

“Tibetan children are forced to learn Chinese language instead of Tibetan and its propaganda in an effort to change their minds so that there will be no Tibetan in 15 to 20 years,” the Sikyong said. quoted by the CTA. website on September 21.

A cultural genocide is taking place in Tibet and China’s policies aim to destroy the cultural and linguistic identity of the Tibetan people, he said.

The Sikyong called on Japanese lawmakers, as well as the government, to use their influence to encourage the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (UHCHR) to publish a report on Tibet, as it has done in the case of Xinjiang at the end of last month.

He also spoke of the environmental destruction taking place in Tibet under Chinese rule and its adverse consequences for some 1.8 billion people in Asia who depend on the 10 major rivers flowing from it for their fresh water.

He asserted that Tibet was an independent country with full statehood rights, but had taken the pragmatic middle way approach of seeking true autonomy under Chinese sovereignty.

He also expressed his gratitude to Japan for supporting the welfare of Tibetans in exile through its official development assistance (ODA) program and hopes this will continue.

In his address, Mr. Shimomura Hakubun, Chairman of the Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet, called the issue of Tibet a common concern for all and offered to do his country’s part to strengthen the Tibetan struggle and the preservation cultural, linguistic and cultural heritage of Tibet. religious identity.

Ms. Sakurai Yoshiko, president of the Japan Institute for National Fundamentals, a leading Japanese think tank established in 2007, called China’s policy of deliberately eradicating the culture, language and religion of Tibetans, as well as Uighurs and Mongols. The Japanese journalist, TV presenter and writer assured Japan’s continued support for Tibet.

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