Dharamshala: A recently published announcement for “Public Recruitment of Police Auxiliary Personnel” issued in Lithang County reveals how China discriminates Tibetans when hiring them for jobs in Tibet.
Tibetans looking for jobs as auxiliary police officers in Tibet are barred from participating in “separatist activities” and having family members who have “exited the country illegally,” a Tibetan advocacy group said yesterday.
The announcement dated 25 May was issued by eight government departments in Lithang County, Kardze (Ch: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province.
According to the guidelines the applicants are disqualified under some preconditions for the recruit. To be considered for this job, the applicant must not have participated in any form of protest against the Chinese policies in Tibet and must not have spread any rumors and false information that undermine social stability.
Other disqualifying conditions for the job include applicant having supported or funded “ethnic separatist activities,” cited in the guideline. However the “separatist activity” does not have any definite definition and any Tibetans who try to protect and advocate for their basic fundamental rights like the right to education in mother tongue are called “separatists.”
China’s setting of pre-conditions for Tibetans for Job employment has a consistent pattern. In October 2019, Tibetan college graduates from the TAR looking for public sector jobs were forced to denounce and criticize the Dalai Lama before they employing them in Tibet.
The U.S. State Department in its report – International Religious Freedom released on 10 June mentioned the societal discrimination faced by Tibetans in Tibet.
Institutional discriminations continue to exist in China’s occupied Tibet despite repeated calls on China from the international community to respect human rights in Tibet. Tibetans are often imprisoned under false charges for simply using their legitimate rights in their own land.
-Filed by UN, EU & Human Rights Desk