Geneva, 19 September: The United States and United Kingdom expressed concern for human rights in Tibet during the UN Human Rights Council’s 27th Session in Geneva.
The US Ambassador said, “China has restricted the freedom of movement of released prisoners of conscience Gao Zhisheng and Dhondup Wangchen. The government has tightened control on expression of religious freedom and its continuous repressive policies on Tibet and Uighur areas…”
“UK remains concern by reports of violence in ethnic minority areas of China and excessive use of force by the security authorities. We urge china to engaged meaningful dialogue with minority communities in Tibet and Xinjiang, ” said the UK delegate in its statement .
Earlier, the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) and International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) addressed the UN Human Rights Council session.
The Dharamsala based TCHRD’s Director Ms. Tsering Tsomo, speaking on behalf of the Society for Threatened Peoples drew attention to the recent shooting of Tibetans by the Chinese Security forces in Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture (Sichuan Province).
The Society for Threatened Peoples called for the intervention of the Human Rights Council and urged the PRC to schedule visits of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion and belief and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to the PRC including Tibetan areas.
In a joint statement with Helsinki Foundation, ICT asked the UN Human Rights Council to look into 41 cases of enforced disappearances in Tibet that ICT documented between April 2010 to February 2014.
ICT called on the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances to call to States to take specific measures to prevent threats, intimidation and reprisals against victims of enforced disappearances including family members, witnesses and human rights defenders.”
The Chinese delegate in his response said EU, UK, the Czech Republic and US had total disregard for China’s human rights achievements.