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DIIR submits report on ‘torture against Tibetan people’ to the UN

October 1, 2008

Tuesday, September 30 2008

Geneva: The Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), through its Tibet
Bureau based in Geneva, submitted a report on “ the continuing use of
torture against the Tibetan people” to “the United Nations Committee
Against Torture on Violations by the People’s Republic of China Against
The People of Tibet”, on 29 September.

The report details narrative of events from 2000 to 2008, presenting
evidence of torture used against Tibetan people under the political and
religious repression imposed by the Chinese government in Tibet.

It presents a detailed account of the Chinese government’s violations of
the convention against torture by attributing those with ‘evidence of
torture in connection with recent protests in Tibet’, ‘torture as a
common practice in Tibet even before the March demonstration’, ‘failure
of China’s legal system to ban the use of torture’, ‘absence of
independent judiciary’ and the ‘Chinese authorities threat of
disciplinary action against lawyers’.

The report, which evaluates China’s compliance with the convention
against torture and other cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or
punishment (torture convention) with respect to Tibet, said, “China
continues to engage in widespread and systematic violations of the
torture conventions against the Tibetan people.”

China has also failed to make genuine progress in the areas of concern
noted by this committee in its ‘1996 and 2000 Concluding Observations’,
which is supported by the recent findings of the Special Rapporteur on
Torture, following his mission to China, noted the report.

The report asked the committee to examine China’s compliance with the
Torture Convention taking into consideration the significant events in
Tibet since 2000.

It said significant measures were implemented to curtail and repress the
free practice of religion in Tibet, to deny the Tibetan people any
meaningful right of free expression, and to marginalize Tibetans through
a concerted effort to support the influx of Chinese settlers.

These measures have been enforced through police intimidation, arbitrary
arrest and detention, and torture used to punish and terrorise the
Tibetan communities. Indeed, across a broad array of economic, social
and political rights, the Chinese government has failed the Tibetan
people, the report added.

The report is critical of the increasing repression and economic
marginalisation of Tibetans, which culminated in a sustained and
widespread series of protests – almost all peaceful – throughout Tibet
beginning on 10 March 2008.

Chinese authorities responded by detaining thousands of Tibetans, many
of whom were treated with extreme brutality both while being detained
and during their detention, shooting and killing unarmed protesters,
locking monks and nuns inside their monasteries, imposing a heavy police
and military presence in all cities and most towns of any significant
size as well as remote nomad encampments, severely restricting travel
within Tibet, and instituting “patriotic education” campaigns within the
monasteries, the reported noted.

The Central Tibetan Administration urges the United Nations Committee
Against Torture to scrutinize China’s compliance with the Torture
Convention with particular attention to Tibet.

It also requests the committee to address the continuing use of torture
against the Tibetan people and submit recommendations for its
consideration in order to end the use of torture in Tibet.
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