Thursday, February 09, 2006
Here's a copy of the email you sent through the International Campaign for Tibet...
Message: Dear Google,
As a Tibet supporter and someone who wishes to see increased human rights and
democracy for Tibetans and Chinese living in China, I am dismayed to read about
your decision to begin actively censoring the content of google.cn on behalf of
the Chinese government.
Your decision to support the repression of Chinese and Tibetans seeking
alternative information and voicing alternative views is a sad day for the
people of China and Tibet and makes Google complicit in the Chinese Communist
Party's shameful distortion of the truth of its own history in Tibet.
I have read your Company Principles, "Ten Things Google Has Found to be True",
and would like you to read "Ten Things You Won't Find to be True on Google.cn":
1. The consistent non-violent efforts of the Dalai Lama to bring peace to Tibet
through understanding between Chinese and Tibetans.
2. That Tibet was independent before invasion in 1949 and has not always been a
part of China.
3. That hundreds of thousands of Tibetans have died as a result of the Chinese
4. The abuses of human rights, the imprisonment of hundreds of nuns and monks
and the destruction of monasteries in Tibet.
5. The abduction of the 6 year old Gendun Choekyi Nyima, 11th Panchen Lama of
Tibet, by Chinese forces in 1995. He has never been seen since.
6. The UN Investigator on Torture's Beijing statement of 2/12/2005 that there is
a "consistent and systematic pattern of torture" against Tibetans in China.
7. The number of Tibetans who die every year trying to cross the Himalayas to
escape into exile.
8. The damage being done to the Tibetan environment by projects the Tibetans are
forced to accept from Beijing.
9. The destruction of large parts of the holy city of Lhasa to make way for new
10. The population transfer of Chinese to Tibet, making the Tibetans a minority
in their own land.
The internet is one of the few ways the Tibetan people can seek justice, voice
their opinion and have their view heard by others inside China. Google has
joined the Chinese government in robbing them of that opportunity. I ask you to
reconsider your decision to be a partner in this evil act.