29 July 2013
I have not been able to attend to my
parliamentary duties for two months as I am fighting my battle
against cancer. I hope to be able to return to my duties in a
couple of months.
During this time, I have read of many things
happening in South Africa and elsewhere that would have required
me to speak up, especially when no one else did. But I just did
not have the energy to do so. However, there is one item that
requires me to publicly express my outrage no matter how weak
and sick I am.
The Chinese Government's callousness to the
tragedy playing out in Tibet has now reached the levels of
genocide and crime against humanity. The number of people who
have chosen to self-immolate has now reached 120.
These are peaceful people who had no other
desire than to live peaceful lives with the measure of freedom
and liberties available to us all, but who sacrificed the most
precious thing they had, their own lives, killing themselves in
the most monstrous and horrific way, exclusively on account of
The Chinese Government and the Chinese people
can no longer pretend that all is well in Tibet. They must heed
the repeated call to allow an international group of
parliamentarians and experts to travel around Tibet unhindered
and uncontrolled on a fact finding mission. If the Chinese
Government maintains that there is nothing to hide, why then
continue with the secrecy and the closure?
China has lost any international dignity,
credibility and decency over the issue of Tibet and stands
hanged before the court of public opinion on the smell of the
burning flesh of 120 heroes.
Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, MP
IFP Spokesperson on Tibet