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Friday, March 19, 2004



1. UK Raises Tibet at High Level Segment of the 60th session of the Human Rights Commission


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Dharamsala, 19 March: Britain yesterday raised the issue of Tibet at the
High Level Segment of the 60th session of the Commission on Human Rights on
Tibet. Mr. Bill Rammell, MP and Foreign & Commonwealth Office Parliamentary
Under-Secretary Of State, United Kingdom, said that they continue to have
serious concerns about a wide range of human rights issues in China,
including the use of the death penalty, the treatment of dissidents, freedom
of religion, the use of arbitrary detention and torture, freedom of
expression, and the situation in Tibet and Xinjiang.

" In the case of some countries where we have serious concerns, we have
developed relations with the Governments concerned that allow us to aim for
a policy of critical engagement. ...But we believe that critical engagement,
including working in partnership with the Chinese to promote better human
rights, is a productive way to tackle these issues", Mr. Rammell said.

He further said, "But, there are times when the level of violations so high,
when the consequences for the victims, the region and the world are so
great, and when the political will to tackle the problems, alone or in
cooperation, is so manifestly absent, that we have to take more immediate
action. In these situations, we must sometimes rely on pressure - peer
pressure - as the only means left by which to promote and protect those
human rights which underpin the freedom, justice and peace to which we all
aspire."

Mr. Chime Rinzin Choekyapa, the representative of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama in Switzerland thanked him for his statement on the situation of human
rights in Tibet. Mr. Rammell said he and his ministerial colleagues will be
meeting with His Holiness during the upcoming visit to U.K. this summer.

So far, Germany, USA and Britain referred to Tibet in their statements as
part of the high level segment, and the British statement is by far the most
extensive one.


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