Tibetans in exile welcome UN human rights chief’s visit to China in May


Dharamsala, April 30 (IANS): The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) has welcomed the visit of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to China and other regions, which is “scheduled to take place” in May.

The announcement comes three and a half years after the High Commissioner publicly called on China to allow unrestricted access to the regions for the first time in September 2018.

The CTA said in a statement that it believed the visit to East Turkestan would go a long way to improving the human rights situation in East Turkestan and addressing the real grievances of the Uyghur people.

The deplorable situation in the Uyghur region must be condemned in the strongest possible terms, he said.

However, sidelining Tibet on the next visit in the face of an ever more expansionist China will pose a risk and challenge the holistic approach to addressing China’s human rights abuses, according to the communicated.

China’s invasion, occupation and “misguided” policies in Tibet over the years have resulted in serious human rights violations for the Tibetan people at many levels and in different aspects of their lives.

Due to the existing repressive atmosphere and lack of civic space in Tibet, at least 158 ​​known Tibetans resorted to tragic self-immolation protests calling for more freedom in Tibet and the return of the Dalai Lama in Tibet.

More than two million Tibetan nomads have been forcibly evicted from their nomadic ancestral lands in the name of “development” and “poverty alleviation”, the CTA said.

The Tibetan language has been systematically replaced by Mandarin and Tibetan middle schools have been forcibly closed, he added.

The continued enforced disappearance of the 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima from Tibet is a cause of great concern not only for Tibetans, but for all Tibetan Buddhist followers around the world, said an article on the CAT website. .

The recent joint communication from a group of six UN special procedures mandate holders to China regarding the arrest, detention and enforced disappearance of Tibetan writer Lobsang Lhundup, musician Lhundrup Drakpa and Tibetan teacher Rinchen Kyi, who demonstrates the challenges faced by Tibetans on a daily basis, especially Tibetans who are committed to the protection and promotion of Tibetan language, culture and traditions, or to simply express their opinions on the Chinese policies implemented in Tibet.

The situation in Tibet, according to the CTA, has worsened day by day, leading to the slow death of Tibet’s traditional culture and national identity.

Therefore, a meaningful assessment of the situation in Tibet by the High Commissioner is a crucial need of the hour and this can only happen with a visit to Tibet.

“We are deeply dismayed by the lack of responsiveness of UN High Commissioner Michelle Bachelet to our previous appeal letter and the perceived obscurity surrounding the impending visit, thereby challenging the credibility of the office of the High Commission. to predecessors, the silence of the High Commissioner on China’s human rights violations in Tibet is deeply concerning,” said Norzin Dolma, Minister of the Department of Information and International Relations, CTA.

“The High Commissioner should be publicly responsible for the observation and assessment of the human rights situation in Tibet by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and indicate the efforts made by the office to alleviate the repressive and rapidly deteriorating situation in Tibet. It is more urgent than ever to send the right signal of hope for human rights and freedom in Tibet and other areas repressed by the China.

“Therefore, we reiterate our call on the UN High Commissioner to ensure that the upcoming visit to oppressed regions of China is credible, substantial and unhindered, including a visit to Tibet,” added Dolma.


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