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The question of managing the accessibility of Tibet as a religious place of worship

Issue in GA 4: Special Political and Decolonization

For more than a century Tibet and the People's Republic of China (PRC) have been in dispute over the status of the area of Tibet. The People's Republic of China claims that the isolated region has been part of Chinese territory for as long as can be remembered. In contrast, Tibetans believe that Tibet has always been an independent kingdom. The discord has crept into relations between both parties and for over sixty years tensions have been high, leading to numerous armed rebellions and protests. Although the PRC desperately wants to keep hold of Tibet, it is no secret that the government's ideologies and principles clash with the traditional beliefs that the majority of the Tibetan inhabitants follow.

In particular, there are significant differences in the beliefs extolled by Tibetan Buddhism, the region's most dominant religion the ideas put forward by the Chinese government. Since 1949 the PRC has treated Tibetans as second-class citizens. Tibetan Inhabitants have been ejected from their houses and sent to townships so the government can ''develop'' occupied spaces. Over 6000 Tibetan Monasteries have been destroyed and those that have survived are not being used by monks, but ironically, are used as spiritual attractions for mostly Chinese tourists while they tighten Tibetans' religious freedom. Other spiritual sights have been totally neglected and used as nuclear waste sites. Worst of all, Tibetans do not have freedom of speech, religion or movement. Many passports have been recalled and the borders are closed, trapping Tibetans as their culture and land diminishes. 



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