Today at the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Kai Mueller delivered a statement on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), asking it to ask China to allow an investigation into its coercive labor program in Tibet by independent human rights experts, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.
United Nations and Tibet
Today at the 46th regular session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, ICT delivered a statement on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), asking it to hold China accountable for the pattern of deaths of Tibetans after torture and mistreatment in detention.
In a response made public recently by the United Nations, the Chinese government has bluntly refuted concerns by five United Nations human rights experts and expert bodies on its intervention with the appointment of Tibetan Buddhist leaders and the case of the “disappeared” Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.
The People’s Republic of China has been re-elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council at the UN General Assembly in New York today, but suffered a significant drop in votes.
In an open letter published today, 321 civil society groups from over 60 countries around the world, including the International campaign for Tibet, have called on the United Nations to urgently create an independent international mechanism to address the Chinese government’s human rights violations.
Five UN human rights experts and expert bodies have raised concerns with the Chinese government about Tibet’s “disappeared” Panchen Lama and Beijing’s reincarnation rules, expressing fears about Chinese interference in the succession of the Dalai Lama.
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.”
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.