Human rights situation in Tibet continues to be grave: Report

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McLEOD GANJ, India, 26 April 2021

The human rights situation in Tibet remains disturbing, marked by persistent and grave human rights violations, deprivation, and abuses, reports the exile Tibetan rights group Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).

Their annual report for the past year, released today, showed that there is absence of independent space for free speech owing to widespread and systematic crackdowns on any sign of peaceful dissent.

TCHRD provided as evidence of the lack of rights and freedoms the surge in arbitrary arrests and detentions and extrajudicial killings enabling the culture of endemic and systematic torture.

Further, Chinese authorities are said to be inflicting secret and incommunicado detention for “criminal acts” of possessing photos of Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, or for advocating for environmental, cultural, and language rights.

The report has charged the Chinese authorities with continued implementation of harsh policies of forced assimilation and ill-advised development projects, all in the name of “stability maintenance”. This has resulted in grave violations of political, civil, economic, social, and cultural rights of the Tibetan people.

All policies and practices are aimed at achieving China’s political goals, security agenda, and economic interests, rather than genuine efforts to improve the quality of life of the Tibetan people. These are all evident from the Seventh Tibet Work Forum in August last year, and in approving the 14th Five-Year Plan (2021-2025) in March only have “patriotic education” and “loyalty to the party” intensified in Tibet, along with increased surveillance.

China’s development projects that are concentrated in cities and towns dominated by Han Chinese invariably provide the benefits of investment to Han Chinese and ignore the majority of Tibetans, who are disadvantaged and disempowered, resulting in entrenched inequality, discrimination, and impoverishment.

Development of infrastructure in construction and urbanization to education and language, including a “bilingual education” policy, are part of China’s wider agenda of creating a single Chinese national identity, so as to undermine Tibetan identity and cultural transmission.

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