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Tibet concerns highlighted in preparatory documents for China UPR

September 16, 2013

September 12, 2013 - The United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) has released preparatory documents in the lead up to China’s second “Universal Periodic Review” (UPR) scheduled to take place on October 22, 2013.  The documents highlight the critical situation in Tibet including violations of the right to freedom of religion, freedom of expression, and cultural rights. 

The upcoming UN review will assess progress made by the Government of China in response to concerns raised during its first UPR in 2009, and it will also consider new information about human rights developments since 2009.

The preparatory documents released this week include compilations of information contained in the reports of treaty bodies and special procedures, including observations and comments by the Government of China, and of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, and in other relevant official United Nations documents.  In addition, the HRC has released a summary of 82 a stakeholders’ submissions, including those made by the International Tibet Network (a civil society Network of more than 180 members around the world including the Canada Tibet Committee). 

The UN documents can be accessed at http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/UPR/Pages/CNSession17.aspx

The International Tibet Network submission is found at http://tibet.ca/en/newsroom/news_releases/325

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