The International Campaign for Tibet strongly welcomes today’s unprecedented statement by more than 50 UN independent experts on China, calling on “the international community to act collectively and decisively to ensure China respects human rights and abides by its international obligations.”
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Four UN human rights experts and the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention have urged the Chinese government to drop charges against Tibetan environmental activist and human rights defender Anya Sengdra, who was sentenced to seven years in prison in December 2019.
The International Campaign for Tibet is concerned about the recent appointment of Chinese minister Jiang Duan to the Consultative Group of the UN Human Rights Council, which will give China significant leverage over the selection of UN independent human rights experts.
The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes the recently announced visit to China this year by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, and urges the high commissioner to visit Tibet and to raise the human rights situation of the Tibetan people in her meetings with Chinese leaders.
In a statement delivered at the 12th Forum on Minority Issues taking place in Geneva on the theme “Education, Language and the Human Rights of Minorities,” ICT highlighted the difficulties that Tibetans in China face to learn in their mother tongue.
After largely overlooking Tibet in its past reports, the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) has now raised the alarm on the state of the environment of the Tibetan plateau, warning of serious sequences.
At the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva today, ICT’s Christa Meindersma spoke on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and drew attention to the worsening situation at the Tibetan Buddhist institution of Yachen Gar.
In a statement delivered today at the ongoing 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, ICT’s Kai Müller highlighted the cases of nine Tibetans who were detained and sentenced to prison terms of five to 14 years for organizing celebrations for the Dalai Lama’s birthday in 2015.
On 11 September 2019, ICT’s Kai Müller delivered a statement at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), in which he urged the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance and other relevant special procedures to express concern and request information about disappeared Tibetans, in particular the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.
China’s policies in Tibet have increased the vulnerability of Tibetan pastoralists to climate change, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states in its latest report.