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In this ever-changing world, we as humans are always learning from our numerous mistakes. When mistakes turn to disaster and monstrosities, we should learn from them and vow to ourselves, and our future generations, that nothing like what happened in the past should ever be allowed to occur again. This concept, which really should not be so hard to grasp, should be applied to all the genocides of the world. Unfortunately, genocide has not ceased to exist since the UN vowed, “never again” because an earlier genocide occurred in Armenia. In the country of Tibet, an incomprehensible horror was inflicted on the community. Imposed by the Chinese government were indescribable crimes to the innocents of this mountainous region. Beginning in 1949, members of the Chinese forces invaded Tibet and committed unspeakable acts against the people living there. Although many meetings and discussions occurred in the presence of the UN, among other major world powers, nothing major has been done to help try to aid the people of Tibet.  Thousands were tortured, executed, starved, or were so desperate that they took their own lives. Due to Mao Tse Tung´s rise to power, Tibet lost one-sixth of its population and even today, the people of the region are somewhat oppressed. Genocide is a word that should only be taught as history, and as a foreign idea that would never in a million years happen again on this earth, but yet that just is not true. Sadly, genocides across the world are still occurring today and have occurred in the past, such as the Tibetan Genocide, and so it is imperative that we as human beings learn what we can from these horrors to be sure that nothing like this will be seen again. Shockingly, the invasion of Tibet and the start of the persecution towards the Tibetan people began not long after the conclusion of World War II and the attempted genocide of the Jewish people. In the late 1940’s, the People’s Republic of China wanted to regain their claim on the region of Tibet (Tibet Truth 1). The government of China, led by Mao Zedong, concurred that since China once was in possession of Tibet dating back to the thirteenth century, Tibet should be rightfully theirs to control once again (Tibet Dharma Kara 1). The military of China, named The People’s Liberation Army, took control of China in 1949 (Genocide in the 20th century CNN 1). Since then, they have occupied the area, oppressed the Tibetan inhabitants, and began a genocide on the already tyrannized people. Mao Zedong, the leader that forced the rule of the Chinese people over the Tibetans, became an important leader rose to power to create the People’s Republic of China (Biography Mao Tse Tung 1). He was the man in power that allowed to Tibetan genocide to occur. He gave the order for the Chinese military, the People’s Liberation Army, to take control of Tibet, which is where some may assign the blame (Encyclopedia of Genocide). It has been recorded that over 1 million people died because of the invasion of Tibet. After a period of tension and political unrest, the Dalai Lama signed an agreement titled The Seventeen Points Agreement under slight duress, which stated that Tibet was rightfully liberated by the Chinese, yet many do no think that it is valid (Facts About 17 Point Agreement 1). This began the long and terrible reign of the Chinese inside the reign of Tibet. Huge changes occurred to both the people and the country due to the invasion from the Chinese and unfortunately most of them negative. As the Chinese military invaded and took control of the country, the Chinese people started moving in as well. This led to a huge population increase which caused many other unexpected problems. As the population of Chinese increased, many Tibetan people fled the country in fear of the Chinese rule and of what was to come. This extensive increase in population led to the need for more resources to support such a large group of people. To accommodate, the Chinese government began the process of deforestation which severely impacted the ecosystem and the arable land. They plowed the fields to obtain wheat but they got rid of the harvestable crops and so there was no longer a harvest. The lack of harvest led to a famine which caused millions of death due to starvation (Tibet Dharma Kara 3). Additionally, the Chinese have attempted to destroy the culture and religion of the Tibetan people since their invasion almost seventy years ago. The People’s Republic of China established policies to do so, so that the Tibetan inhabitants had to obey or be imprisoned or worse. Buddhism was the main religion in Tibet until the Chinese came along. Impactful restrictions on the teachings of Buddhism were placed upon monks and teachers (Tibet Dharma Kara 7). In 1966, 80% of the Tibetan Monasteries had been destroyed by the Chinese. During the Cultural Revolution, all religious activity was prohibited and monks and nuns were imprisoned, tortured, and killed. By ´78, only 8 out of around 2,700 monasteries were left (Tibet. 20). Human suffering was one of the main, if the primary aspects of the invasion that was disregarded for far too long by the power countries of the world. Once the Chinese took power, they imposed harsh reforms to try and eradicate the religion and culture of the Tibetans (Genocide in the 20th). They imprisoned hundreds of thousands because they either spoke out against the chinese government or sought out ways, in the forms of protest, among others, to regain Tibetan independence. Policies of re-education through labor were established by the Chinese government and labor camps were set up to send those who were accused of law breaking. The people who are imprisoned are viewed as political prisoners. Most, if not all, are not given fair trials or no trial at all. Torture is used in prisons as well as unusually cruel punishment. Prison conditions are bad with limited medical care and no sufficient source of nutrition. Many people are imprisoned for their belief that there should be an independent Tibet. Hundreds upon thousands were killed, imprisoned, tortured, and starved. Even in more recent times, people can be given 10-20 year sentences for speaking out about their opinion on the current government or telling others outside of the country, such as tourists, that Tibet is not a free country.The global response to the Tibetan genocide has not been positive for the most part. In contrast, one man has been working for many years to try to save the people of his country. The Dalai Lama has worked to find a solution to end the Tibetan oppression while also listening to the ideas of the Chinese that were, at that time, endangering the lives of the natives of Tibet. He has clearly stated that he open to negotiate and wants to find a solution so that the people are in a more secure position. ¨The Dalai Lama has continually adopted a middle-way approach, hoping that it would create an atmosphere of mutual trust and exert a restraining influence on the repressive Chinese policies in Tibet¨ ( The Dalai Lama 1). To the general public, the Chinese have been deceitful in coming clean about the violations of human rights that were occurring right and left. They issued false reports hiding the important matters about human abuse and continuing to refuse negotiations concerning the people of Tibet. The Dalai Lama has said he has “left no stone unturned” in pursuit of trying to find a solution with the Chinese. Other governments around the world have looked into the abuses of human rights that China has exerted on the Tibetans but only in the aftermath, after millions had since died.


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