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CTC urges United Nations to question China's commitment to human rights in Tibet

March 30, 2018

Canada Tibet Committee, March 30, 2018: In a written submission made to the United Nations this week, the Canada Tibet Committee (CTC) highlighted failures by the Government of China to implement commitments it made in 2013 to improve the economic, social, and cultural well-being of the Tibetan people.

The CTC written submission is a contribution to China's third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) currently in the planning phase and scheduled to take place in the fall of 2018.[1]  Each UN member is required to undergo a review of its human rights compliance once every five years.

"It's clear that China's policies in Tibet have failed to deliver on commitments made during the last UPR, including commitments to fight poverty"  said Sherap Therchin, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee.   "As a result, the Tibetan people are struggling to maintain their cultural identity in the face of overwhelming obstacles."

Tibetan areas of China experience the highest levels of poverty in China, according to the UN Development Programme. Within Tibet, rural areas (where the majority of Tibetans live) are the most disadvantaged.[2]  In urban centres, Tibetans are disadvantaged because of discriminatory policies including language policy.
 
In its written submission, the Canada Tibet Committee noted restrictions imposed by the Government of China on human rights monitoring in Tibet, and called for reciprocal diplomatic access for international observers. The submission also included examples of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders here in Canada.

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