China’s Human Rights Violations in Tibet discussed at UNHRC
Wednesday, 11 June 2008, 1:13 p.m.
Geneva: The United Nations
Human Rights Council last Friday, under its agenda item on human rights
situations, held a debate following national delegations and
representatives of non-governmental organizations raised human rights
violations taking place in Tibet since 10 March uprising.
The full text of the statements follows:
HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Human Rights situations that require the Council’s attention
Statement delivered by Tenzin Samphel KAYTA on behalf of Society for Threatened People
The other day the Chinese delegation stated that “facts could
not be removed by any lies” in response to the human suffering of two
former-Tibetan political prisoners, one who survived more than three
imprisonment and another from 15 years. We believe their testimony
cannot be brushed away as “lies” because China was responsible for
their suffering, humiliation and current mental trauma and physical
If the distinguished representative of China claims of Tibetans
enjoying religious freedom then why does the Communist Party Secretary
in the “Tibet Autonomous Region” assert that the Communist Party of
China is the “real Buddha” and a parent of the Tibetan people? If there
is economic development then why is controlled by Chinese settlers and
if there is bilingual education in schools then why is it impossible
for Tibetans to be employed by the Chinese shops in the Tibetan
Mr. President, there have been repeated attempts to stifle
discussion on the present Tibetan Uprising at the Council, despite the
fact that the massive human rights violations which is taking place on
the Tibetan Plateau, requires the immediate attention of the Council.
Since 10 March, due to the military crackdown called “people’s
war”, more than 200 were killed with over 5,700 arbitrarily detained.
Many arrested Tibetans have just disappeared. These are facts as far as
the Tibetan people are concerned. A massive “patriotic education
campaign”, which makes many Tibetans to recognize the arrival of the
Second Cultural Revolution of China, is being enforced. The number one
objective of this intensified policy is to provoke the Tibetans.
These days Communist cadres and the military raid religious
institutions and then force monks and nuns to denounce the Dalai Lama,
to hoist the Chinese flag and to declare that the Dalai Lama
“instigated” the current Tibetan Uprising.
The other fact is that Tibetans had no history of famine before
1959. It was only due to the engineered “famine” of China that hundreds
and thousands of Tibetans perished, many in labour camps, without the
right to adequate food, during those dark years. Between 1949 and 1979,
according to the Tibetan Government in Exile, 1.2 million Tibetans
perished as a direct result of the “peaceful liberation of Tibet” by
China. Such facts don’t lie because Tibetans have to live with this sad
human history in their homeland.
Mr. President, if the fact is that everything is normal for the
Tibetan people then why seal them off from the rest of the world. Why
was the request from the High Commissioner to undertake a Mission to
Tibet was turned down. What is there to hide?
In conclusion we were reminded of another by the Chinese author
Ma Jian who said in a recent op-ed in the New York Times: “As the
nation mourns, it will begin to remember the deaths it has been
forbidden to recall: not only the thousands who were slaughtered in
1989, but the tens of millions who died under Mao’s rule during the
Anti-Rightist Campaign, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural
I thank you, Mr. President.
6 June 2008
Excerpt of Statements by Representatives from Governments and NGOs:
ANDREJ LOGAR (Slovenia), speaking on behalf of the European
Union, said “The EU welcomes the recent meeting between representatives
of the Central Government of China and the Envoys of the Dalai Lama.
The EU reiterates its call to enter into a substantive and constructive
dialogue with a view to reaching a sustainable solution acceptable to
all that would fully respect the Tibetan culture, religion and
The EU would greatly welcome a visit to Tibet by the High
Commissioner for Human Rights. We believe that such an initiative could
make a positive contribution to the on-going process and would call
upon the Chinese government to accept and facilitate such a visit.
In that connection, we reiterate the principled EU’ stance for cooperation with the OHCHR and the human rights mechanisms.
The EU remains seriously concerned by the fate of Tibetans
arrested in the aftermath of the March events and asks that they be
treated in accordance with internationally recognized democratic
principles (in particular fair trial). The EU also calls for
international access to Tibet (including by the HCHR)”.
HANS DAHLGREN (Sweden) said since this Council began its last
session in March, two evolving situations, in Tibet and Zimbabwe, had
raised human rights issues which needed the attention of the Council.
In Tibet in March general violence following demonstrations led to a
deplorable loss of life. In the course of these events, there were
reports of acts of violence by security forces and other agents of the
Government of China. Additional restrictions were imposed on religious
institutions. Individuals were subjected to arbitrary arrest and
detention. Interference with Internet service providers further
restricted the freedom of expression including the right to
information. Large numbers of persons remained in detention, while the
denial of equal protection before the law had been reported.
Following the first round of elections in Zimbabwe on 29 March,
large-scale human rights violations had been reported against persons
Further, Sweden believed that these situations should be given
more attention by the Council and its mechanisms, including by its
relevant Special Procedures.
Statements of Representatives from International Non-governmental Organisations:
Human Rights Watch
SEBASTIEN GILLIOZ, of Human Rights Watch, said that this week
International Committee of the Red Cross called Somalia the worst
tragedy of the past decade. Serious violations of international
humanitarian law continued unabated ….. Lastly HRW expresses its
condolences to the victims of Sichuan earthquake. Since last addressing
the Council about Chinese government use of excessive force in response
to March protests in Tibet, we have seen dozen of Tibetan tried with no
due process and denial of access to region by the HC and SR. This
council must remain seize of the rampant violation of Human rights for
which Chinese government is responsible and has not addressed.
PETER SPLINTER, of Amnesty International, said “Despite the
harsh government crackdown since large scale unrest erupted in Tibetan
areas of China on March 10 2008, protests, mostly peaceful, have
continued unabated. Protest, crackdown, and arrests now follow each
other in a relentless cycle, as individuals are arrested for protesting
the detention of others before them. Security forces continue to use
excessive force, occasionally lethal, to put down peaceful protests.
Many detained persons remain unaccounted for. Others have been
sentenced after unfair trials. The authorities have imposed a media
blockade and virtually sealed off Tibetan areas. Those who provide
information to foreigners suffer harsh retaliation. The outside world
has only a partial picture of the situation.
Amnesty International fears that Tibetans in detention in the
wake of the protests face beatings or other abuses. This Council must
call on the Chinese authorities to show restraint in responding to
protest, disclose the names, whereabouts and legal status of all
detainees, and release anyone detained solely for peaceful protest.
International Commission of Jurist and Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions
LUKAS MACHON, of International Commission of Jurists, in a joint
statement with Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, said that in its
March session, they had urged the Council to press……….
In conclusion following the violent crackdown on peaceful
protest in Tibet of March 2008, 30 peaceful protestors have been
convicted and sentence to imprisonment in process short of fair trial
guarantee. Special Procedures still must investigate the crackdown and
Chinese authorities must revoke the conviction of prisoners of
conscience and release those arbitrarily detain. Finally we call for
political solution in order to guarantee right of Tibetan people.
Asian forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum Asia)
BIYOUN KIM, of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development
(Forum-Asia), said FA would like to take this opportunity to remind you
our joint appeal letter of 75 Asian NGOs dated on March 17 sent to you
and members of the Council urging Human Rights Council to hold special
session on human rights situation in Tibet and to send a fact finding
mission with full access to all Tibetan areas where there have been
extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention and enforced
disappearances since 10 March 2008. We also would like to put on record
our great concern and disappointment that the Council has failed to
respond to our appeal and the human rights situation in Tibet. During
the current session of Human Rights Council, a group of Tibetan people
and victims of human rights violations have been holding rally in front
of the Palais des Nations everyday crying for their solidarity and
action of international community to address the ongoing great hr
violation in Tibet. However, to our regret it seems that their voice
have still ignored by the Council. In this regards, we would like to
accord with voices of the Tibetan people to the Council in this room. I
In view of the ongoing critical situation inside Tibet, we urge
the Council and international community to the following urgent appeal:
1. To immdeidal send an independent international fact-finding mission into Tibet
2. To exert pressure on the PRC government to allow unfettered access to free press in Tibet
3. To urge govent of China to end the brutal killings in the whole of Tibet
4. To immediately release all imprisoned Tibetans
5. To provide immediate medical assistance to those injured Tibetans
–Report filed by Tenzin Samphel Kayta, Human Rights and Press/Information Officer, The Tibet Bureau, Geneva