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In the early 20th century, the Han Chinese regime invaded Tibet, claiming that Tibet was part of China. Consequently, the Chinese government established the Mongolian & Tibetan Affairs Commission to control the Tibetan people and territory. As a result of the invasion, the Tibetan people’s human rights were violated, their religion, language and culture were attacked. Tibetan people strongly resisted, and on March 10th, 1959, the Chinese government heightened their brutal suppression of Tibet forcing the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, into exile. Over the 20 years that followed, under coercion, 1.2 million Tibetan people were killed, more than 6,000 monasteries were destroyed, the Tibetan language was almost entirely banned, and 100,000 more have been displaced as refugees. Taiwan Legislator Kolas Yotaka has always supported the Tibetan people’s cause and participated in Tibetan Uprising Day Parade in Taipei, held on March 5.
Kolas Yotaka worked as a journalist for many years and reported on many stories of Tibetan exiles and their struggle for freedom. She visited the Tibetan community in Nepal to investigate desperate Tibetan monks’ self-immolation, and witnessed how Tibetans lived in deep fear. However, she has also seen how exiled Tibetans face political repression with their own conviction to protect Tibetan culture. Kolas believes that Tibet faces the same fate as the Taiwanese Indigenous Peoples, parallel not only in their pursuit of the revival of their culture, language, and religious freedom, but also in the Central Tibetan Administration’s willingness to accept Tibetan ethnic autonomous governance to coexist with Chinese rule, in spite of being exiled in India. Yet China remains unyielding. The Taiwanese government’s assistance to the Tibetan people in exile is limited, and does not currently allow Tibetan people to obtain the identification required to legally work for a living. The existing government structure has been frozen and the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission is a mere political symbol. It is of no use to the Tibetan people, serving only to remind them of the oppression they face, and should be abolished.
Kolas sought the counsel of Representative of HH, the Dalai Lama in Taiwan, Dawa Tsering, to understand the current laws of Taiwan under which Tibetans are regulated and the issues Tibetans face, in order to amend the laws to best reflect their needs. Therefore, she will propose three changes: First, a repeal of the Mongolian and Tibetan Affairs Commission; Second, an amendment to the Immigration Act; Third, to propose a Refugee Act. Kolas said that Taiwan’s indigenous community is very sympathetic and supportive of the Tibetan people’s plight, and said: “We have also been robbed of our cultures by the Han, and we are all brothers and sisters. In the pursuit of autonomous rule, of course, we must stand together."