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Tibetan demonstrations are illegal, China tells Human Rights Council

June 10, 2013

Geneva, June 6, 2013 - The Chair of the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, with the UN Special Rapporteurs on Freedom of Expression, Freedom of Association, and on Human Rights Defenders, sent a joint communication on arbitrary detentions and right to freedom of peaceful assembly to China alleging the excessive use of force against peaceful demonstrators in Tibet.

On 3rd June 2013, during the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council, the Chinese representative responded in a statement that the peaceful demonstrations by young students in Chabcha (Ch: Gonghe) in Tsolho in north-eastern Tibet on 26 November 2012 were illegal and required prior permission according to Chinese law. In making this statement, the Chinese representative revealed that any form of demonstration perceived as harmful to the interests of the state, society or community by the Chinese authority will not be permitted.

On 26 November 2012, about 1,000 students protested in Chabcha area in Tibet against the release of an official Chinese booklet degrading the Tibetan language, which is one of many instances when the Chinese government has brazenly defied its own constitution. Article IV of the Constitution of the People’s Republic of China clearly stipulates that people of all nationalities have the freedom to use and develop their own spoken and written languages, and to preserve or reform their own ways and customs.  

Also, during the 23rd session of the Human Rights Council, the European Union, United States, and Czech Republic made general statements (item 4) reiterating the importance of addressing the deteriorating human rights situation inside Tibet and China.

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