Tibetans-In-Exile Seek UN Special Session Over Human Rights Violations In Tibet

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Dharamshala: The Tibetan Administration here that represents the Tibetan global diaspora who have been living in exile for over 6 decades have asked member states of UN Human Rights Commission (UNHRC) to hold a special session to evaluate the gross human rights violations carried out by China in Tibet.

Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of Central Tibetan Administration, in a communique stated, “We strongly urge the UNHRC and the Member States to hold a special session to evaluate the human rights violations being carried out by China and to establish a country mandate of UN Special Rapporteur on China to monitor, analyze and report annually on the human rights situation in Tibet and other regions under the People’s Republic of China.”

“We urge the international community to unite and ensure that China fulfils its obligations under international laws including human rights obligations before it is too late, said Sangay.”

President of the Central Tibetan Administration also said that Tibetans from both inside and outside Tibet strongly support the call of the UN experts on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to take urgent measures against the Chinese human rights violations. ”

Yesterday 50 UN independent experts from 30 UN Special Procedure mandate called on the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) to “act with a sense of urgency” to take all appropriate decisive measures including a special UNHRC session and establishment of a special reporter to protect fundamental freedoms in regions under the People’s Republic of China including Tibet, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang.

“We thank the UN experts for their timely intervention,” said Sangay.

He said “For over six decades Tibetans within Tibet are suffering under the authoritarian rule of the government of China. The Chinese government has stripped off Tibetans of their basic human rights guaranteed under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, annihilating the distinct identity of Tibetans and denying them their inherent dignity of being human.

The tortures, enforced disappearances, and destructions of monasteries carried out by the government of China against Tibetans are acts of crimes against humanity and do not fall short of being categorized as “cultural genocide.”

Persecution and suppression via high-tech surveillance by China has pushed 154 Tibetans from different walks of life in Tibet to self-immolate since 2009 as a mark of peaceful protest against the atrocities of the Chinese authorities.

Arvind Sharma is an award winning bi-lingual journalist with more than 20 years of experience. He has worked with Divya Himachal, Dainik Jagran, Dainik Bhasker, Vir Partap, Ajit and PTI. In 2010, he was conferred the Himachal Kesri journalism award. He reports on the Tibetan Government in Exile, politics, sports, tourism and other topics. He lives in Dharamshala.

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