Spanish court to investigate Tibetan 'genocide'
10 January 2006, MADRID — Spain's leading anti-terrorist court is to investigate the alleged genocide committed by China in Tibet during the 1980s and 90s.
10 January 2006
MADRID — Spain's leading anti-terrorist court is to investigate the alleged genocide committed by China in Tibet during the 1980s and 90s.
Judge Ismael Moreno is to lead the investigation into the allegations made by the Committee for the Support of Tibet against seven Chinese leaders, among them the ex-president Jiang Zemin.
The court is permitted in Spanish law to investigate human rights cases which do not involve Spanish victims.
Tibet was invaded in 1950 by the Chinese army, leading to the harsh repression of the Tibetan people.
The uprising against the invasion and the fight for independence has cost the lives of 87,000 people, according to the Tibetan government in exile.
Monasteries and Buddhist temples have also been destroyed.
In 1956, the Dalai Lama, the religious and political leader of Tibet, fled to India and has led the campaign to free his country since.
Tibetans have been governed since then by the Chinese.
Between 1987 and 1993, there were a serious of violent demonstrations against the Chinese government.
This led to the repression of dissidents and religious expression and a greater military presence.
Chinese people were also encouraged to move to Tibet to try to exceed the number of Tibetans.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news