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Secretariat of the UN committee against discrimination censors TCHRD report

August 9, 2009

TCHRD
August 7, 2009

Press Statement

Contact person: Mr. Tenzin Norgay
Tel: +91 1892 223363 / 229225   98166 76427(cell)
Email: tenzinnorgay@tchrd.org

The Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
(TCHRD) welcomes the 75th session of the United
Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial
Discrimination (CERD). Today, the experts examine
the 10th, 11th, 12th and 13th state report of the
People's Republic of China (PRC).

While the TCHRD expresses its full faith in the
CERD experts, the Centre is disappointed at the
selective censorship of non governmental
organisation reports by the Secretariat of the
CERD  serviced by the Office of the High
Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). TCHRD's
alternate report to the CERD was subjected to
conditions to be made public on the official web
page of the CERD
(http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cerd/cerds75.htm).
The Secretariat demanded the removal of the
phrases “China's occupation of Tibet”, which
occurs six times in the report, and “cultural
genocide” in the concluding paragraph.

The Secretariat's directive is unacceptable to
the TCHRD as it deems that not only would it be a
tremendous factual error but also acceptance of
indirect diktats of the PRC. It is universally
accepted that Tibet is a land under foreign
occupation and it is also a universally accepted
truth that discrimination is inherent in
colonized land. The uprising by the Tibetan
people in spring 2008 in the so-called “Tibet
Autonomous Region” and other Tibetan areas under
the present day China clearly revealed that
systematic and institutional discrimination is
one of the biggest factors behind the uprising.
China’s occupation of Tibet is at the root cause
of the systematic violations of human rights currently taking place in Tibet.

The TCHRD's report focuses on the denial of the
following rights on the basis of the racial
distinction of Tibetan as a people and as a land;
denial of Civil and Political Rights, Environment
and Resource Exploitation, Forced Evictions and
the survival of the Tibetan nomadic lifestyles
and Discrimination in Education. It is
interesting to note that while the Secretariat
bars the TCHRD report, it ironically published a
report by a Chinese government NGO, Research
Centre for Ethnic Issues in China, on the official web page.

The TCHRD considers the directive by the CERD
Secretariat as a regression of rights of the
civil society groups including the TCHRD. The
Centre maintains its position that Tibet is a
land under foreign occupation and hence would not
be able to comply with the directive. However,
the Centre extends its full faith in the CERD
experts competence and authority in a just
examination of the state party report of the People's Republic of China.
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