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European Parliament criticises China’s human rights record in Tibet

December 21, 2015

Central Tibetan Administration, December 17, 2015 - The European Parliament today unanimously approved its report on EU-China Relations and criticised the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet, East Turkestan and China.

The report prepared by Parliament’s Committee on Foreign Affairs “deplores the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Tibet, which has led to an increase in self-immolation cases; notes with concern the recently passed criminalisation measures relating to self-immolation aimed at punishing those allegedly associated with self-immolators.”

Since February 2009, 142 Tibetans from all walks of life have self-immolated against China’s policies in Tibet that undermines Tibetan identity and culture.

The report further said it “is deeply concerned that the Chinese government is continuing its hardline policies against the Tibetan people, especially by rejecting the Dalai Lama’s ‘Middle Way Approach’ which seeks neither independence nor separation but a genuine autonomy within the framework of the Constitution of the PRC; calls for the Chinese government to re-enter into a dialogue with Tibetan representatives; protests against the marginalisation of Tibetan culture by the CPC, and urges the Chinese authorities to respect the freedoms of expression, association and religion of the Tibetan people.”

The EU-China Relations report expressed its concern over China’s plans to make Chinese the main language of instruction in Tibetan schools.

On the issue of dialogue between Beijing and Dharamsala, the report said, “whereas no progress has been made in the resolution of the Tibetan crisis in the last few years, as the last round of peace talks took place in 2010.”

Mr. Donald Tusk, the President of the European Council at the end of the 17th EU-China Summit joint press conference on 29 June with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang “encouraged China to resume a meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s Representatives.”

The report criticised the restriction of religious practices and said that it “cannot understand or accept the ban on images of the Dalai Lama in China; is concerned that China’s criminal law is being abused to persecute Tibetans and Buddhists, whose religious activities are equated with ‘separatism’.”

The report “deplores the forceful resettlement of over 2 million Tibetan nomads and herders since 2006 in the so-called ‘New Socialist Village’, as they are cut off from medical care, education and prosperity.” And states concern at that the influx of Han Chinese populations into Tibet.

The European Parliamentarians expressed its concern regarding the cases of torture, disappearance and arbitrary detention, and the denial of access to medical care for prisoners including Tenzin Delek Rinpoche and 10 other prominent Tibetan prisoners.

The report called for a detailed investigation of all death in prison cases.

The European Parliament “is deeply concerned at the degradation of Tibet’s environment; underlines that the Tibetan plateau is warming up fast, and that this may cause the melting of Tibet’s glaciers, many of which feed the largest rivers in Asia”, said the report.

The European Parliament which has members from 28 member states criticized travel restriction placed on its China based Diplomats and Journalist especially to Tibet and Xinjiang. It stated that Chinese citizens including Diplomats and Journalist have no travel restrictions within the EU member states. It called principle of reciprocity.

The report commended the “Tibetans express their cultural identity through the Lhakar (‘white Wednesday’) movement by wearing only Tibetan clothes, speaking only Tibetan and eating only Tibetan food each Wednesday.”

554 European Parliament voted in favour of the EU-China Relations, 50 voted against and 99 abstentions.

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