• Short Summary

    The United Nations General Assembly met in New York, USA, Oct. 20, to hear a resolution, proposed by Malaya and Ireland, on Tibet, calling for "a respect for the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people, and for their distinctive cultural and religious life."
    Opening the debate, Malayan delegate, Dato' Nik Ahmed Kamil, appealed for United Nations action.

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    "We maintain that any systematic violation of human rights and fundamental freedom, be it in Tibet, or any other part of the world, must be a matter to be taken up by the United Nations. As a newly emergent nation, we make every possible effort with all the available resources at our disposal, to accelerate our social and economic developments, and raise the living standards of our people. This is one of the many reasons why we deplore the acts of repression in Tibet, since we consider that the systematic violation of the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Tibetan people, might have the effect of increasing international tension and embittering relations between people, at the very time that encouraging efforts are being made by responsible leaders to improve international relations."



    "Can it seriously be claimed that a country like Tibet, which has become almost legendary by reason of its separateness from the rest of the world which has all marks of distinct national personality, belongs essentially within the domestic jurisdiction of another country? It seems to us, therefore, that neither those who have a liberal interpretation of that article of our charter, and those who interpret it more narrowly, are to refrain from recording their judgement about what has happened in Tibet."




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    Background: The United Nations General Assembly met in New York, USA, Oct. 20, to hear a resolution, proposed by Malaya and Ireland, on Tibet, calling for "a respect for the fundamental human rights of the Tibetan people, and for their distinctive cultural and religious life."
    Opening the debate, Malayan delegate, Dato' Nik Ahmed Kamil, appealed for United Nations action.

    For Ireland, Foreign Minister Frank Aiken, called for the restoration of Tibet's national liberties.

    Both Malaya and Ireland insisted that UN must act on the Tibetan problem - even if it meant an aggravation of 'cold war'.

    In reply, Soviet deputy foreign Minister, Vasily V. Kuznetsov, charged Ireland and Malaya with acting on behalf of aggressive and imperialistic circles not interested in easing world tensions.

    Previously 43 nations had voted to debate charges of Communist Chinese suppression of the Tibetan people. Eleven members voted against - with 25 abstentions.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACMKLMIB5ZP481KF43XVEVO2SX
    Media URN:
    VLVACMKLMIB5ZP481KF43XVEVO2SX
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    21/10/1959
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:02:00:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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