UN boss gets tough on China

Friday, 2 November 2012
Jigme Dolma, whose case was mentioned by the UN commissioner

Human Rights Commissioner calls for change in Tibet

The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms Navi Pillay has urged Chinese authorities to address the longstanding grievances that have led to escalating protests inside Tibet.

Human rights violations

The UN human rights chief said she was disturbed by “continuing allegations of violence against Tibetans seeking to exercise their fundamental human rights of freedom of expression, association and religion”.

She pointed to “reports of detentions and disappearances, of excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators, and curbs on the cultural rights of Tibetans”.

Disproportionate sentencing

Ms Pillay highlighted the case of Tibetan teenager Jigme Dolma, who was severely beaten by Chinese security forces and sentenced to three years in prison for distributing materials calling for freedom, the return of the Dalai Lama and release of political prisoners.

“I have had several exchanges with the Chinese Government on these issues. But more needs to be done to protect human rights and prevent violations,” Pillay said.

“I call on the Government to respect the rights to peaceful assembly and expression, and to release all individuals detained for merely exercising these universal rights.”

The Commissioner also urged the Chinese Government to allow independent monitors to visit and access the region and to lift the ban on foreign media in Tibet.

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