GENEVA: USA and the United Kingdom raised their concerns about human rights situation in Tibet during the general debate at the UN Human Rights Council 25th Session this afternoon.
“The UK remains concerned by restrictions on freedom of expression, association and assembly in China, and ongoing reports of restrictions on religious, cultural and language rights, particularly in Xinjiang and Tibetan areas,” said the UK delegate.
The UK delegate urged the Chinese Government to engage in meaningful dialogue with ethnic minority communities to resolve grievances and to immediately release all those who peacefully advocate for ethnic minority rights.
Mr. Peter Mulrean, Chargé d’Affaires of US Mission said, “The (Chinese) government increased Internet controls, media censorship, and continued to limit religious freedom, particularly in Tibetan and Uighur areas.”
“China has increased arrests, forced disappearances, and extralegal detentions of those who peacefully challenge official policies and actions,” he said.
German, Canada and Czech Republic expressed their concerns about the rights of minorities in China.
Tomorrow afternoon, the UN Human Rights Council will adopt the recommendations made during the Universal Periodic Review on China held on 22 October 2013.
[Report filed by Office of Tibet, Geneva]