US report documents deteriorating human rights in Tibet

Dharamsala, April 20 (IANS) A US report on human rights has documented severe repression and marked deterioration of human rights in Tibet, the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said here Saturday.

The Chinese government’s respect for and protection of human rights in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) and other Tibetan areas deteriorated markedly, a CTA spokesperson said, quoting the US State Department’s 2012 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices.

The report, released Friday by Secretary of State John F. Kerry, said under the pretext of maintaining social stability, the government engaged in the severe repression of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

“There was a deepening perception among Tibetans that they were systemically targeted for economic marginalisation and educational and employment discrimination,” the report said.

It reported other serious human rights abuses like extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial detentions and house arrests.

Security forces were deployed throughout Tibet, particularly at major monasteries, it said.

The oppressive security measures adopted by authorities during leadership transition across the Tibetan plateau contributed to a further deterioration of the human rights situation, it added.

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan government-in-exile is based in this Himachal Pradesh hill town.

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