We are overjoyed to report that Tibetans have successfully stopped
mining operations at Ser Ngul Lo mountain!
Thank you to everyone who responded to our urgent appeal for action
last week; more than 2,800 faxes were sent to the Chinese government.
Your actions have made a difference for Tibetans in Markham County who
have been peacefully protesting for months to save this sacred mountain.
On Monday, security forces were withdrawn from the area after an
agreement was reached between the Tibetan community and Chinese
officials. Negotiations continue over the clean up of toxic chemicals
left over from previous mining operations, which local Tibetans
believe have poisoned water sources leading to the deaths of both
people and cattle.
As we share news of this remarkable victory, we are aware that the
situation inside Tibet remains incredibly tense.
Chinese armed forces are patrolling the streets of Tibetan towns and
villages, and we hear of harsh prison sentences, arrests, and beatings
almost daily. And yet, by barring foreign journalists and closely
monitoring phone and internet communications, the Chinese government
has effectively stopped news and images of its ongoing military
crackdown from reaching the outside world.
Now the Chinese government wants to control every computer in China
and Tibet. China declared this week that as of July 1 all PCs sold in
China must be pre-installed with "Green Dam," new Chinese-designed
internet filtering software.
"Green Dam" will not only allow the Chinese government to further
censor information about Tibet, human rights, and anything else
Beijing deems 'politically sensitive,' but it could also be used to
spy on and control PC users in Tibet and China.
The move has prompted a global outcry from technology trade
associations, Chinese internet users, internet freedom advocates,
human rights groups, and Chinese lawyers.
Dell and HP are currently in discussions with the Chinese government
over the implications of this new software.
Please send a letter to Dell CEO, Michael Dell, and HP CEO, Mark Hurd,
urging them to uphold the principles of free speech and internet
freedom by refusing to install "Green Dam" on computers headed to the