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UN asks China to reassess policies on Tibet, Mongolia

December 30, 2010

Naresh Kumar Sharma, TNN, Dec 29, 2010, 05.23pm IST

DHARAMSALA: The United Nations has urged China to reconsider its
policies in Tibet and inner Mongolia. Following his recent official
visit to China, the UN special rapporteur on the Right to Food, Olivier
De Schutter, has asked the Chinese government to reassess its policies
which are displacing people in Tibet and Inner Mongolia.

The Special Rapporteur noted that the Chinese government enforced
"measures such as grazing bans, grazing land non-use periods, rotational
grazing and accommodation of carrying capacity, limitations on pastures
distribution, compulsory fencing and slaughter of animal livestock"
which have left "the nomads with no other option than to sell their herd
and resettle."

"While there is little doubt about the extent of the land degradation
problem," the special rapporteur noted in his report, that herders
should not, as a result of the measures adopted under the tuimu huancao
policy ("removing animals to grow grass") be put in a situation where
they have no other options than to sell their herd and resettle.

The report noted that China had ratified the UN's 'International
Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights' that prohibits
depriving any people from its means of subsistence, and the 1992
Convention on Biodiversity which acknowledges the importance of
indigenous communities as guarantors and protectors of biodiversity.

The environment and development desk of the central Tibetan
administration's department of information and international relations
at Dharamsala, which monitors the issue of nomads in Tibet, said the UN
report shows that Chinese government policies for Tibetan nomads are
unsuccessful.

The UN special rapporteur has underscored the need to involve the
herding community in the decision and policy making process, and to put
into place livestock insurance programmes," Tenzin Norbu, executive head
of the environment and development desk.
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