Tibet’s Resources Belong to Tibetans: Stop Mining in Tibet! (website)

Website with information and updates on mining in occupied Tibet:
 

Stop Mining in Tibet!

[Excerpt From the website:]

Frequently Asked Questions

Why are you opposed to mining in Tibet?

The Chinese government is aggressively developing mining and other  extractive industries in order to profit off Tibet’s mineral wealth  with little to no benefits going to the Tibetan people. Resource  exploitation, like the China-Tibet railway, is a component of the  Western Development Program, which the Chinese government has openly  admitted is politically motivated and a means of solidifying control  over the region. Tibetans inside Tibet and “in exile” oppose such forms  of politically motivated development in Tibet, which provide little to  no benefits to the local people. Simultaneously major projects such as  these will bring an influx of even great numbers of Chinese people into  traditional Tibetan areas.

But won’t mining bring economic benefits to Tibetans?

Tibetans are not anti-development but they are opposed to projects  that are not sustainable, do not benefit Tibetans in the long-run, and  are harmful to the environment. Given that Tibetans have little to no  say in the proposed mine operations, these projects do not constitute  responsible development and are likely to have disastrous consequences  for the Tibetan people and their environment.

Are Tibetans being consulted about the proposed mine projects?

Tibetan’s currently have no voice when it comes to how their  natural resources will be used. The most basic mining industry standards  in state that Tibetans should be consulted about, and directly benefit  from the extraction of their own natural resources. However, true  consultation in Tibet today is impossible. The level of fear and  intimidation Tibetan’s face for speaking out against  government  sponsored development in Tibet has been well documented, most notably by  a World Bank Independent Inspection Panel in 2000, while reviewing  funding for a resettlement project to move 58,000 Chinese farmers into  Tibet. The Panel concluded that they had found “disturbing and dramatic  examples of what can only be described as a climate of fear. Full and  informed consultation is impossible if those consulted even perceive  that they could be adversely affected for expressing their opposition  to, or honest opinions about, a project”.  The Panel’s findings together  with a world-wide campaign spearheaded by Tibet Support Groups forced  the World Bank to eventually pull its funding for the resettlement  project.

Aren’t some of these mine sites in Chinese provinces?

The Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR) is the area recognized by the  Chinese government as Tibet, post the 1949/50 invasion and subsequent  colonization. The former eastern Tibetan provinces of Amdo and Kham were  renamed and incorporated into the Chinese provinces of Qinghai,  Sichuan, Yunnan and Gansu. Many of the proposed mining projects are in  these Tibetan areas that have been subsumed into Chinese provinces but  still considered by Tibetans as Tibetan territory.

Isn’t it better for Canadian companies to be engaged in these projects because of their technical expertise?

Western corporations have no business participating in or  partnering with the Chinese government in their looting of Tibetans’  natural heritage. Whether by Chinese or foreign corporations, mining  will provide nothing to local Tibetans other than mostly low-skilled  jobs, often in risky and toxic environments. Tibetans will not see the  profits from these operations and as larger areas of Tibet are mined,  more communities will be forcefully relocated and environmental  destruction will be more widespread….

Full blog with recent articles, links, and more information: Stop Mining in Tibet!

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One Response to Tibet’s Resources Belong to Tibetans: Stop Mining in Tibet! (website)

  1. ELISABETH BUCHANAN says:

    thank you for caring about Tibet.I use facebook for political networking.
    Today I got a post from New Zealand with Maori people holding a sign saying Idle no more.
    Good news.

    Wondering how the Aboriginal people in Australia are doing.
    I am Metis, part Mik Mau from New Brunswick.
    I have cauacasian appearance perhaps.Nonetheless, I choose to use my voice to speak for my people all over this Earth.

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