Today, IFP MP Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini has written an open letter to President Zuma calling on him to raise his voice to avoid the BRICS summit implicitly endorsing human rights violation. His letter states:
Re: Your participation in the BRICS summit: human rights protection in Tibet
Dear Mr. President:
Freedom and liberty triumphed in South Africa because people of conscience around the world rose and united against apartheid and human rights abuses.
We celebrated our victory by pledging "never again", which we all hope does not mean just never again here, but also never again anywhere.
We are informed that you will be meeting Chinese President Hu Jintao at the forthcoming BRICS summit in India. Conducting international cooperation on trade and commercial matters while closing one's eyes to massive human rights violations by one's trading partners is akin to the conduct against which Oliver R. Tambo and Walter Sisulu mobilized the world when they called for sanctions against apartheid. As a young man I marched in Washington to force my university, Georgetown University, to disinvest from AngloAmerican.
Human rights protection must be part of the BRICS dialogue under pain of implicitly providing approval of, and backing to such human rights violations.
On behalf of many people across the world and a member of the MPs world working group on Tibet, I am writing to you to ask you raise your voice to urge China to stop the use of force against Tibetan protesters, as such use feeds a cycle of resentment among the Tibetan people, and to respond positively to the calls of Tibetans for freedom and for the return of the Dalai Lama.
I also ask you to urge China to cease all actions and policies that are contributing to the tensions, unrest and self-immolations in Tibet, including removing security forces from inside monasteries and suspending religious control regulations; and to allow full access to Tibetan areas by journalists, diplomats and international observers and MPs such as myself and my colleagues.
This is the least China can do and the least that decency demands of anyone wishing to be a partner of a country like ours which has ostensibly devoted itself to protecting human rights.
Mario GR Oriani-Ambrosini, MP