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Canada should maintain pressure on China at UN Human Rights Council

June 13, 2016

Montreal, June 13, 2016 – Today as the 32 nd session of the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) gets underway in Geneva, the Canada Tibet Committee joined an international appeal for continued pressure on China to improve its human rights record.

“We appreciate the many efforts made by Canada to promote human rights in Tibet, and in particular by hosting the Dalai Lama at a public seminar on the margins of the 31 st HRC session in Geneva last March.” said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee.[1] “Now we hope that our Government will continue working with like-minded partners to maintain that momentum.”

In its recommendations to the Government of Canada, the Canada Tibet Committee notes that China has reached the mid-way point in its Universal Periodic Review cycle but has not yet complied with key commitments made as part of that process.[2] Nor has it responded to requests from the UN Committee against Torture for information about Tibetan prisoners.[3]

The UN Human Rights Council meets three times per year in Geneva, Switzerland.

Notes:

[1] See http://graduateinstitute.ch//events/_/events/corporate/2016/nobel-laureates-on-human-righ-2

[2] For a list of what UPR recommendations about Tibet were accepted by China:

http://www.savetibet.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/China-UPR-accept-recommendations.pdf

[3] Concluding observations of CAT review of China 2015: https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G16/017/44/PDF/G1601744.pdf?OpenElement

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