GENEVA: A week-long Tibet advocacy at the United Nations undertaken by DIIR and Tibet Bureau, Geneva, to highlight the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet concluded successfully, today.
In lead up to the 37th regular UN Human Rights Council session and other upcoming reviews of China’s human rights record within the UN human rights monitoring mechanism, a two-member delegation from DIIR and Tibet Office, Geneva began the weeklong lobbying earlier this week.
The delegation, headed by DIIR’s International Relations Secretary Sonam Norbu Dagpo, held meetings with representatives of permanent missions to UN Geneva and UN human rights officials.
In view of the dismal human rights situation in Tibet and China’s continued violations of rights enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and failure in the implementation of provisions entailing the cultural and linguistic rights of Tibetans, the delegates called foreign missions and UN human rights officials for a consistent attention on the human rights situation in Tibet. The delegates also urged the missions to effectively engage with China in the upcoming Human Rights Council’s session.
Some of the issues that were raised during the meetings include, religious repression in Tibet, demolition of Larung Gar and Yachen Gar, linguistics rights particularly the case of Tashi Wangchuk, a detained Tibetan language rights advocate, China’s discriminatory practices of issuing the passport, self-immolation protests in Tibet and monitoring and surveillance in Tibetan areas.
DIIR and Tibet Bureau, Geneva, renewed the UN advocacy work to strengthen advocacy for human rights in Tibet, since last year.
-Filed by UN & Human Rights Desk, DIIR-