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Canada recommends China to end the religious persecution in Tibet

November 7, 2018

Canada Tibet Committee, November 7, 2018 - On the third cycle of Universal Period Review on China, nine countries, including Canada, raised recommendations concerning China’s human rights abuses in Tibet. Ms. Tamara Mawhinney, the Executive Director at Global Affairs Canada said “Canada recommends an end to the persecution and prosecution on the basis or religion or belief for Muslims, Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falong Gong in China. Overall, we are concerned about the broader deterioration of human rights in China since the last UPR.”

The Chinese government, however, aggressively denied all its human rights violations and accused the recommendations as “politically driven accusations.” Despite the growing international attention to the political imprisonment of thousands, possibly millions of Uyghurs in the name of re-education and training in East Turkistan (Xinxiang), and strong international coverage of Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk’s case, the Chinese government dismissed all the claims.

In 2013, China accepted several recommendations as part of the second UPR on China but there is no credible evidence of those recommendations being implemented. “The lack of transparency and the lack mechanism to monitor the claims of Chinese government should be a key concern for UN members when dealing with China,” said Sherap Therchin, Executive Director of Canada Tibet Committee. “While it is certainly encouraging to see an increase in the number of States raising concerns over human rights issues, the number of countries praising the Chinese government’s model of development is appalling, to say the least.”




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