At the 51st session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva today, the International Campaign for Tibet reaffirmed its call for an independent mechanism for Xinjiang (which Uyghurs know as East Turkestan), Tibet, Hong Kong and China.
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Today at the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, Palmo Tenzin, on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, delivered a statement highlighting labor transfer programs in Tibet.
The special session or mechanism that 45 UN experts called for today to monitor and report on human rights in China must include Tibet, said the International Campaign for Tibet.
The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the much-delayed report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the human rights situation in Xinjiang (known to the Uyghur people as East Turkestan).
At the 50th session of the UN Human Rights Council currently underway, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s May visit to China—and the subsequent NGO and diplomatic criticism—has featured prominently. During the session, the International Campaign for Tibet’s UN Advocacy Team also delivered three statements on Tibet.
Forty-two UN experts have renewed their call for China to address specific and systematic human rights violations and to cooperate fully with the UN human rights system and grant unhindered access for independent experts who have received and addressed allegations of significant human rights violations and repression of fundamental freedoms in the country.
The International Campaign for Tibet is deeply disappointed at the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet’s visit to China as she gave a political victory to the Communist regime.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet should raise Tibet loud and clear, and she should condemn systematic human rights abuses in Tibet, while on her visit to China, the International Campaign for Tibet said today.
The International Campaign for Tibet and over 220 other nongovernmental organizations today urged UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet to postpone her upcoming trip to China “or risk walking into a propaganda minefield laid out by the Chinese Communist Party.”
The International Campaign for Tibet is deeply worried about the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights’ upcoming visit to China, as there is serious concern that her visit cannot be considered credible.