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175 Tibet groups appeal to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

February 1, 2016

International Tibet Network, February 1, 2015 - In a letter sent today, representatives of 175 Tibet groups from around the world appealed to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein, to personally raise the critical human rights situation in Tibet during the opening session of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) which is scheduled to begin at the end of this month in Geneva.

The letter highlights the concluding report issued in December 2015 by the UN Committee Against Torture which was critical of China’s refusal to provide information about at least 20 reported cases of torture in Tibet. [1]  The letter also points to last week’s ranking from the US-based organization, Freedom House, in which Tibet was ranked as having the second “worst of the worst” human rights record in the world after Syria. [2]

“The 31st session of the UNHRC will take place at the mid-term point in China’s Universal Periodic Review” said Alison Reynolds, Executive Director of the International Tibet Network which coordinates international campaigns for the 175 signatories of the letter. [3] “During its review, the Chinese delegation extended an invitation to the High Commissioner to visit China, but still no date has been agreed upon.”

The letter urged the High Commissioner to press China to cease targeting of human rights defenders in Tibet and to release those who have been detained for the non-violent expression of views.

[1] UN-CAT Concluding Observations, Human Rights Council, December 9, 2015 at http://tbinternet.ohchr.org/_layouts/treatybodyexternal/Download.aspx?symbolno=CAT%2fC%2fCHN%2fCO%2f5&Lang=en

[2] Freedom House, ‘Freedom in the World 2016’, https://freedomhouse.org/sites/default/files/FH_FITW_Report_2016.pdf

[3] International Tibet Network: www.tibetnetwork.org

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