China challenged on its human rights record in Tibet at the UN

Chinese Vice-Foreign Affairs Minister Le Yucheng
Chinese Vice-Foreign Affairs Minister Le Yucheng
Chinese Vice-Foreign Affairs Minister Le Yucheng
7th November 2018

More recommendations on Tibet raised than ever before

For the past month, Free Tibet has been encouraging its supporters to contact their governments, urging them to raise Tibet at the UN's Universal Periodic Review (UPR).

Over 2000 of you have responded, demanding your governments not to turn a blind eye to China’s human rights abuses in Tibet.

The UPR finally took place this Tuesday 6 November at the Human Rights Council in Geneva.

China's record was examined for the first time since 2013 and several countries used this platform to challenge China on its human rights abuses. Nine states (Australia, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland and USA) gave particular focus to Tibet, issuing 12 recommendations between them.

This is an increase on 2013, when 11 recommendations were issued mentioning Tibet, and 2009, when there were four.

Tashi Wangchuk
Tashi Wangchuk

The recommendations on Tibet included urging China to allow international observers into Tibet, respecting Tibetans’ rights to freedom of religion and freedom of expression and calling for the release of Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk, who is serving a five-year prison sentence for “inciting separatism”.

The Chinese delegation responded to the recommendations and claims that its human rights record had deteriorated, asserting that the countries behind these claims were disregarding China’s “remarkable achievements”. 

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