648 Kilometer Marathon To Raise Awareness About Tibet Human Rights Situation
Elle van der Cam
Global Human Rights Defence
On the 1st of October 2021, three Tibetans started their Peace Rally Marathon for Tibet. Pema Kunga, Tenzin Shedup, and Dechen Wangdi started at the Chinese Consulate in Montreal and will end their marathon at the Chinese Embassy in Ottowa-Toronto on the 12th of October, equating to an astounding distance of 648 kilometers. The mission comes with three demands to China and the international community regarding Tibetan human rights. First, they call for the resumption of the Sino-Tibetan dialogue, asking the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to resume discussions with the Dalai Lama to resolve long-lasting issues, while also allowing the Dalai Lama to visit his homeland. Second, they demand governments to boycott the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics with the support of more than 180 organizations due to the mass atrocities and human rights violations of all ethnic minorities in China. Third, they demand the release of Tibetan political prisoners. There are more than 270 known Tibetan political prisoners currently in detention with charges of exercising basic human rights in culture, religion, language and resisting the CCP. The 648-kilometer run hopes to raise awareness to the human rights situation in Tibet and insight change from China and the international community.
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