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Tibetan voice gagged at the Durban Review Conference

April 22, 2009

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) expresses its
utter disappointment over the de facto expulsion of TCHRD from the
United Nations Review Conference on Racism (DRC) being held in Geneva,
Switzerland, from 20 -24 April 2009. The Centre is appalled by the
decision of its non-accreditation to the DRC by the preparatory
committee on procedural ground. TCHRD is one of the several
non-governmental organisations whose accreditation was overstepped upon
by the preparatory committee due to a procedural matter on 17 April
2009. Government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) objected to the
Centre's accreditation. The TCHRD believes that objecting to
participation of recognized and registered NGOs like TCHRD to the DRC,
with the politicization of the process, is a highly discriminatory move
by the government of the PRC.

Racism is endemic in the Tibetan areas of present day China. The State
is sponsoring racism in Tibet through its population transfer policy.
Over the years hundreds of thousands of Chinese settlers have been
recklessly brought into the Tibetan areas because of which racism has
become a major issue. However, the State overlooks the issue and sweeps
it under the carpet in its propaganda machinery. China in its reply to
the TCHRD letter states that "violent criminal activities premeditated
by separatist group in Lhasa in March 2008 resulting in the death of 18
innocent persons and injuries to hundreds of persons". The statement is
biased and in itself highlights the state-practice of racist attitude
and policy since there has also been deaths of at least 135 Tibetans
according to our independent documentation while the other sources cite
death of 210 peaceful Tibetan protesters as a direct result of China's
"people's war" military crackdown launched on the Tibetan Plateau since
10 March 2008.

TCHRD received its accreditation to the World Conference Against Racism
(WCR) in Durban in 2001 when the General Assembly voted the Centre's
accreditation to the World Conference. The Centre's accreditation would
have been automatic until PRC raised its second objection and requested
14 days to review TCHRD's latest response when the Prepcom actually had
only three working days. Due to the failure to resolve the issue behind
closed doors, the Prepcom on 17 April 2009 took a decision "not to take
action" on the accreditation of several NGOs which included TCHRD. The
European Union which did not act to overturn the decision described the
situation as the "de facto explusion" of TCHRD and this view was even
shared by Australia.

There have been two rounds of formal exchanges (see the links below)
between the TCHRD and the government of the PRC regarding the Centre's
accreditation to the DRC. TCHRD believes that the PRC should face the
reality and constructively work towards eliminating racism in Tibet
rather than blocking the voices of the oppressed raised through NGOs
like TCHRD. The Centre request all the governments and the NGOs
participating in the DRC to tackle the root cause of racism and to
expose the states who practice and encourages racism through its various
designs. Victory over complete elimination of racism in the world will
be a giant stride for humanity.


Formal communications between the People's Republic of China and the
TCHRD (download the pdfs at http://tchrd.org/press/2009/pr20090420a.html)

1)China comment on request for accreditation by TCHRD-20_October_2008.pdf

2)TCHRD response to PRC communication on DRC accreditation-16_March_2009.pdf

3)Comments by China on TCHRD-07_April_2009.pdf

4)TCHRD response to PRC communication on DRC accreditation-9_April_2009.pdf
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