Free Tibet Essay

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A common image in America is an image of hippy protester out on the streets holding up a homemade sign that says “free Tibet”. Surely the hippy has good intentions, but what does “free Tibet” mean? Does it mean that China should just cut the Tibetans loose, and allow them to form their own state? Would even the Tibetans want that, to go from being part of a world super power, which offers them some security and wealth, to a potential third world state that is land locked? Maybe, but what the sign that says “free Tibet” means free Tibet from the situation that deprives them of their human rights. Or maybe there is a third option, that the hippy carrying the “free Tibet” sign does not understand the reality of the situation in China, since more than likely He or she cannot locate Tibet on a map, he/she probably thinks Tibet is between the state of sweet and sour and Thailand. But on a serious note, what the government of Mainland China is accused of is horrible beyond thought, and could only be compared as less sadistic, and evil than the events that took place under Nazi Germany, and the governments that participated in the Dirty War in Latin America. The level of horror is not being debated, but what is being debated is the lack of understanding from the people outside of mainland on the rationality of thinking of Mainland China to commit such acts.

Why it Matters
Why does it matter if Mainland China violates human rights or not? It matters because Mainland China is the second world power as of today, and soon if not already other states will follow in the footsteps of Mainland China. China could be setting a precedent to change the international norm that all violation of human right regardless of what the United Nations says is wrong. China is expanding economically with the hunt for resources, if Mainland China can easily deprive people of their own ethnic background and of state than what is stopping them from depriving human rights in other areas that they have an interest in, such as parts of Africa, where they have an economic foot hold. What about the United States, where Mainland China holds a large portion of U.S debt. Mainland China is second in the world in exports and a key player in the global economy, If Mainland China is guilty of violating human rights than every state that imports Chinese goods is guilty as well. (CIA, 2012) But if others can understand where Mainland China action logic than the more easily other help and prevent such human right violation from ever have to be committed.
Human rights
What constitutes being listed as being a human right? Based on the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights passed by the General assembly of the United Nations, the following constitutes as human rights. The following list is not complete; these are just the rights that have been believed violated by Mainland China on the Tibetans. All people by the nature of being born a human are equal, and should not...

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