September 23, 2009
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Tibet issues highlighted at the UN session in GenevaWednesday, 23 September 2009, 2:22 p.m.

Geneva: A
non governmental organisation today told the United Nation’s Human
Rights Council that the “human rights situation in Tibet needed a
special focus from the Council”.Mr. TENZIN KAYTA speaking on
behalf of Society for Threatened drew the Council’s attention to the
situation in Tibet. He lauded the High Commissioner for Human Rights
for expressing concern over the human rights situation in Xinjiang and
Tibet. High Commissioner N Pillay in her address last week to the
Council, called upon the Chinese authorities “to respect human rights
in upholding the law” and encouraging them “to reflect on the
underlying causes of such incidents, which include discrimination and
the failure to protect minority rights.”Mr. KAYTA expressed
great concern on the issue of population transfer of Chinese settlers
into Tibet threatening the very survival of Tibetan culture. According
to official Chinese publications, between 1990 and 95, the total
population on the Tibetan Plateau is 10,102,000, out of which Tibetans
constitute 4,821,500, only 48 per cent.  He warned that if this trend
continues and the international community fails to intervene, the
Tibetans will disappear in a sea of Chinese settlers and of course,
their rich cultural heritage completely overwhelmed.  He also drew the
Council’s attention on the issue of Chinese government’s resettlement
programme of Tibetan nomads.The UN three Special Procedure
mandate holders including Special Rapporteur on the situation of human
rights and fundamental freedoms of Indigenous Peoples in its joint
official inquiry to China on 3rd October 2007 stated “these
(resettlement programmes) policies have had a very adverse impact on
the traditional lifestyles and living patterns in Tibetan areas,
affecting directly the fabric of traditional Tibetan life and
devastating the economy of these communities. The implementation of
these policies contributes to the challenges that Tibetan cultural and
religious identity face today.” Mr. KAYTA concluded by urging Chinese
authorities to live up to the pledge made in February that they would
receive one Special Procedure mandate-holder this year and also the
High Commissioner for Human Rights. Mr. Douglas Griffiths,
Deputy Permanent Representative, Chargé, ad interim of U.S. Mission to
the United Nation said, “We followed closely the recent disturbances in
China’s Xinjiang Uighur autonomous region and last year’s unrest in
Tibetan areas. We urge the Chinese authorities, as they work to
maintain order, to respect the safety and legal rights of all of
China’s citizens and to make efforts to find a solution to legitimate
grievances.”In the afternoon, a parallel event was also
organised in the UN to discuss on China’s education policy in Tibet.
The panelist included Mr. Lobsang Nyima Langmo Gombatsang, ex-middle
school teacher in Tibet and Mr. Tseten S. Chhoekyapa, Representative of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Central and Eastern European Countries
based in Geneva, Switzerland.Mr. Langmo Gombatsang explained
the evolution of Chinese government’s education policy in Tibet. He
said that Tibetan language wasn’t in his school curriculum. All
subjects were taught in Chinese language. While in school, he like many
other Tibetan students doesn’t know how to write their names in
Tibetan. He said that it was the efforts of the late Panchen Lama who
ensured that Tibetan language was given greater attention in school
curriculum when he saw Tibetans were deprived of Tibetan language
education. He said that the Chinese officials consider Tibetan
language, culture and religion as threat to the Chinese totalitarian
regime in Tibet. Mr. Tseten S. Chhoekyapa, Representative of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama gave an overview of human rights and
political situation inside Tibet.  The documentary film “Tibet: Murder
in the Snow was screened after a short introduction by Mr. Ngawang C.
Drakmargyapon, Representative of the UNPO as moderator of this event. 
Many NGOs including representatives from foreign missions to the UN
Related:UN Human Rights Chief Urges China to Respect Human Rights in Tibet

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