The standing committee of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile on Thursday urged the United Nations to initiate a concrete debate on Tibet, based on the resolution adopted by it in 1959, 1961 and again in 1967.

Talking to reporters, Karma Yeshi, member of the Parliament-in-exile, who was here in connection with the arrival of the ‘Flame of Truth’ rally, said as many as 43 youths had committed self-immolation in Tibet against Chinese domination.

“They were all in the age group between 16 and 44,” he said.

The rally, he said, was launched in three centres in India in July and would culminate in Delhi on December 10, World Human Rights Day.

Alleging that under the Chinese rule, Tibetans had been denied cultural and linguistic rights, Mr. Yeshi said the United Nations should send an international delegation to Tibet to verify the claim of the Chinese government that peace prevailed in Tibet and there was no denial of rights.

He said the UN should also take special responsibility to ensure that the basic aspirations of the Tibetan inside Tibet were fulfilled.