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Economic Rights

Economic rights of Tibetans

Despite China’s much-touted prosperity, poverty continues to plague the majority of Tibetans living under its authority. Discriminatory fiscal and social policies, coupled with political repression, have entrenched a two-class economic and social system based primarily on race. Economic benefits accrue primarily to Chinese companies and migrants who transfer profit and skills out of Tibet. Foreign investors, including Canadians, have been unwilling or unable to introduce a different model of economic cooperation with the Tibetan people.

What you can do to defend the economic rights of Tibetans

  • Send email or letters of concern to Canadian politicians before they go on trade missions to China;
  • Spread the word on social media by posting a photo or publication about economic rights in Tibet;
  • If you have information about a Canadian company operating in Tibet, please share it with us.

What are the issues?

  • Discriminatory treatment of Tibetans in Tibet with respect to economic policy-making, work place opportunities, and benefit sharing;
  • Loss of traditional land and livelihoods associated with forced resettlement of nomadic and communities;
  • Harmful environmental impact of economic development on land, water and air quality;
  • Insufficient transparency, due-diligence, and stakeholder engagement by foreign investors;
  • Lack of judicial or non-judicial remedies at the national level in Tibet.

What are the solutions?

  • The Government of Canada should defend and promote human rights in its economic relations with China, and it should consider the impact that its trade and investment policies will have in Tibet.
  • Canadian companies operating in Tibet should respect human rights and should not profit from the state’s abuse of human rights in Tibet.
  • The Government of China should end economic policies that discriminate against Tibetans and develop a set of affirmative action policies designed to promote local participation and ownership of Tibet’s economy.

Trade and Human Rights in Tibet

Trade and Human Rights in Tibet
In 2017, the Canada Tibet Committee launched a campaign to determine how increased Canadian trade with China will affect the enjoyment of human rights in Tibet. The campaign urges the Government of Canada to carry out a comprehensive human rights impact assessment and to adopt trade-related responses that promote economic rights for the Tibetan people. As part of the campaign, the Canada Tibet Committee has consulted a variety of stakeholders, held workshops in cities across Canada, and drafted written recommendations for Canadian trade officials and parliamentarians.

Trade Campaign Resources

More information

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