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32617Tracking the Tibet Railway

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  • JagGY, Pema Sangey
    Jun 30, 2006
      International Campaign for Tibet

      International Campaign for Tibet
      Tracking the Tibet Railway
      Lhasa Railway Station in January, 2006
      Lhasa Railway Station in January, 2006

      Dear JAG

      This week, China is unveiling its grand scheme to consolidate its control over Tibet: the Golmud-Lhasa railway project. At the admission of the Chinese leaders, it is a politically motivated project costing some US$4.2 billion - almost triple the amount Beijing has spent on healthcare and education in the Tibet Autonomous Region between 1952 and 2000.

      Thanks to the active support of people like you, in recent years the Tibet movement has been successful in shining a spotlight on the anticipated environmental, social and economic negative impact of the railway on the Tibetan people and their lands:

      • Protests have been held at railway conferences in Manchester, Prague and Paris, publicly shaming Bombardier, PowerCorp and Nortel in front of their peers for their involvement in the railway;
      • Resolutions demanding that Bombardier and PowerCorp adopt a human rights policy were voted on by some 10 per cent of their shareholders at their recent AGMs, where their CEOs were also grilled about corporate social responsibility by Tibet supporters;
      • Tibet supporters from around the world held several international days of action against Bombardier, sending thousands of faxes, emails, letters to their CEO.

      These actions and more garnered significant press coverage from Canada and Europe to India, showing the corporate world there is a high price to pay for siding with the Chinese in its occupation of Tibet.

      ICT is launching a new initiative, Tracking the Tibet Railway, to coincide with China's July 1 inaugural run of the Golmud-Lhasa railway.

      Tracking the Tibet Railway aims to:

      • monitor and report on the affects of the railway on Tibet's environment and economy and its people;
      • educate tourists that may use the railway on the realities facing contemporary Tibet;
      • prevent the misuse of Tibet's natural wealth aided by the establishment of the railway; and
      • campaign against western corporate involvement in any expansion of the railway.

      Please continue to support us in our efforts to ensure that the Tibetan interests are given priority in the development of Tibet.

      International Campaign for Tibet

      PS: For more information and images of the railway, go to: www.savetibet.org/railway.

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