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China's Human Rights Violations in Tibet discussed at UNHRC

June 13, 2008

Tibet Custom (UK)
June 11 2008

Geneva -- The United Nations Human Rights Council last Friday, under
its agenda item on human rights situations, held a debate following
national delegations and representatives of non-governmental
organizations raised human rights violations taking place in Tibet
since 10 March uprising.

The full text of the statements follows:

HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
Eighth Session
Item 4

Human Rights situations that require the Council's attention

Statement delivered by Tenzin Samphel KAYTA, Human Rights and Press
Officer, the Tibet Bureau, Geneva

Mr. President,

The other day the Chinese delegation stated that "facts could not be
removed by any lies" in response to the human suffering of two
former-Tibetan political prisoners, one who survived more than three
decades of imprisonment and another from 15 years. We believe their
testimony cannot be brushed away as "lies" because China was
responsible for their suffering, humiliation and current mental
trauma and physical state.

If the distinguished representative of China claims of Tibetans
enjoying religious freedom then why does the Communist Party
Secretary in the "Tibet Autonomous Region" assert that the Communist
Party of China is the "real Buddha" and a parent of the Tibetan
people? If there is economic development then why is controlled by
Chinese settlers and if there is bilingual education in schools then
why is it impossible for Tibetans to be employed by the Chinese shops
in the Tibetan capital.

Mr. President, there have been repeated attempts to stifle discussion
on the present Tibetan Uprising at the Council, despite the fact that
the massive human rights violations which is taking place on the
Tibetan Plateau, requires the immediate attention of the Council.

Since 10 March, due to the military crackdown called "people's war",
more than 200 were killed with over 5,700 arbitrarily detained. Many
arrested Tibetans have just disappeared. These are facts as far as
the Tibetan people are concerned. A massive "patriotic education
campaign", which makes many Tibetans to recognize the arrival of the
Second Cultural Revolution of China, is being enforced. The number
one objective of this intensified policy is to provoke the Tibetans.

These days Communist cadres and the military raid religious
institutions and then force monks and nuns to denounce the Dalai
Lama, to hoist the Chinese flag and to declare that the Dalai Lama
"instigated" the current Tibetan Uprising.

The other fact is that Tibetans had no history of famine before 1959.
It was only due to the engineered "famine" of China that hundreds and
thousands of Tibetans perished, many in labour camps, without the
right to adequate food, during those dark years. Between 1949 and
1979, according to the Tibetan Government in Exile, 1.2 million
Tibetans perished as a direct result of the "peaceful liberation of
Tibet" by China. Such facts don't lie because Tibetans have to live
with this sad human history in their homeland.

Mr. President, if the fact is that everything is normal for the
Tibetan people then why seal them off from the rest of the world. Why
was the request from the High Commissioner to undertake a Mission to
Tibet was turned down. What is there to hide?

In conclusion we were reminded of another by the Chinese author Ma
Jian who said in a recent op-ed in the New York Times: "As the nation
mourns, it will begin to remember the deaths it has been forbidden to
recall: not only the thousands who were slaughtered in 1989, but the
tens of millions who died under Mao's rule during the Anti-Rightist
Campaign, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

I thank you, Mr. President.

6 June 2008

Excerpt of Statements by Representatives from Governments and NGOs:

EUROPEAN UNION

Slovenia

ANDREJ LOGAR (Slovenia), speaking on behalf of the European Union,
said "The EU welcomes the recent meeting between representatives of
the Central Government of China and the Envoys of the Dalai Lama. The
EU reiterates its call to enter into a substantive and constructive
dialogue with a view to reaching a sustainable solution acceptable to
all that would fully respect the Tibetan culture, religion and identity.

The EU would greatly welcome a visit to Tibet by the High
Commissioner for Human Rights. We believe that such an initiative
could make a positive contribution to the on-going process and would
call upon the Chinese government to accept and facilitate such a visit.

In that connection, we reiterate the principled EU' stance for
cooperation with the OHCHR and the human rights mechanisms.

The EU remains seriously concerned by the fate of Tibetans arrested
in the aftermath of the March events and asks that they be treated in
accordance with internationally recognized democratic principles (in
particular fair trial). The EU also calls for international access to
Tibet (including by the HCHR)".

Sweden

HANS DAHLGREN (Sweden) said since this Council began its last session
in March, two evolving situations, in Tibet and Zimbabwe, had raised
human rights issues which needed the attention of the Council. In
Tibet in March general violence following demonstrations led to a
deplorable loss of life. In the course of these events, there were
reports of acts of violence by security forces and other agents of
the Government of China. Additional restrictions were imposed on
religious institutions. Individuals were subjected to arbitrary
arrest and detention. Interference with Internet service providers
further restricted the freedom of expression including the right to
information. Large numbers of persons remained in detention, while
the denial of equal protection before the law had been reported.

Following the first round of elections in Zimbabwe on 29 March,
large-scale human rights violations had been reported against persons
alleged ...

Further, Sweden believed that these situations should be given more
attention by the Council and its mechanisms, including by its
relevant Special Procedures.

Statements of Representatives from International Non-governmental
Organisations:

Human Rights Watch

SEBASTIEN GILLIOZ, of Human Rights Watch, said that this week the
International Committee of the Red Cross called Somalia the worst
tragedy of the past decade. Serious violations of international
humanitarian law continued unabated ..... Lastly HRW expresses its
condolences to the victims of Sichuan earthquake. Since last
addressing the Council about Chinese government use of excessive
force in response to March protests in Tibet, we have seen dozen of
Tibetan tried with no due process and denial of access to region by
the HC and SR. This council must remain seize of the rampant
violation of Human rights for which Chinese government is responsible
and has not addressed.

Amnesty International

PETER SPLINTER, of Amnesty International, said "Despite the harsh
government crackdown since large scale unrest erupted in Tibetan
areas of China on March 10 2008, protests, mostly peaceful, have
continued unabated. Protest, crackdown, and arrests now follow each
other in a relentless cycle, as individuals are arrested for
protesting the detention of others before them. Security forces
continue to use excessive force, occasionally lethal, to put down
peaceful protests. Many detained persons remain unaccounted for.
Others have been sentenced after unfair trials. The authorities have
imposed a media blockade and virtually sealed off Tibetan areas.
Those who provide information to foreigners suffer harsh retaliation.
The outside world has only a partial picture of the situation.

Amnesty International fears that Tibetans in detention in the wake of
the protests face beatings or other abuses. This Council must call on
the Chinese authorities to show restraint in responding to protest,
disclose the names, whereabouts and legal status of all detainees,
and release anyone detained solely for peaceful protest.

International Commission of Jurist and Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions

LUKAS MACHON, of International Commission of Jurists, in a joint
statement with Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions, said that in
its March session, they had urged the Council to press..........

In conclusion following the violent crackdown on peaceful protest in
Tibet of March 2008, 30 peaceful protestors have been convicted and
sentence to imprisonment in process short of fair trial guarantee.
Special Procedures still must investigate the crackdown and Chinese
authorities must revoke the conviction of prisoners of conscience and
release those arbitrarily detain. Finally we call for political
solution in order to guarantee right of Tibetan people.

Asian forum for Human Rights and Development (Forum Asia)

BIYOUN KIM, of Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development
(Forum-Asia), said FA would like to take this opportunity to remind
you our joint appeal letter of 75 Asian NGOs dated on March 17 sent
to you and members of the Council urging Human Rights Council to hold
special session on human rights situation in Tibet and to send a fact
finding mission with full access to all Tibetan areas where there
have been extra-judicial killings and arbitrary detention and
enforced disappearances since 10 March 2008. We also would like to
put on record our great concern and disappointment that the Council
has failed to respond to our appeal and the human rights situation in
Tibet. During the current session of Human Rights Council, a group of
Tibetan people and victims of human rights violations have been
holding rally in front of the Palais des Nations everyday crying for
their solidarity and action of international community to address the
ongoing great hr violation in Tibet. However, to our regret it seems
that their voice have still ignored by the Council. In this regards,
we would like to accord with voices of the Tibetan people to the
Council in this room. I quote

In view of the ongoing critical situation inside Tibet, we urge the
Council and international community to the following urgent appeal:

1. To immdeidal send an independent international fact-finding
mission into Tibet
2. To exert pressure on the PRC government to allow unfettered access
to free press in Tibet
3. To urge govent of China to end the brutal killings in the whole of Tibet
4. To immediately release all imprisoned Tibetans
5. To provide immediate medical assistance to those injured Tibetans

--Report filed by Tenzin Samphel Kayta, Human Rights and
Press/Information Officer, The Tibet Bureau, Geneva
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