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Journée internationale des droits de l’homme: Le Comité Canada Tibet en appelle au Premier Ministre Harper

December 09, 2013

Communiqué de presse

Contact : Carole Samdup:  514-512-4665


 Journée internationale des droits de l’homme


Le Comité Canada Tibet en appelle au Premier Ministre Harper

Montréal, le 10 décembre 2013 – Alors que le monde s’apprête à célébrer la Journée internationale des droits de l’homme, la crise en matière de droits humains au Tibet continue de s’aggraver. Pendant l’année dernière, quarante cinq Tibétains se sont immolés en signe de protestation aux politiques sévères de la Chine. Cela porte le nombre total d’auto-immolations depuis 2009 à 124. [1]

Dans une lettre envoyée cette semaine (ci-dessous), le Comité Canada Tibet en a appelé directement au Premier Ministre Stephen Harper d’augmenter ses efforts pour tenir la Chine responsable de ses actions au Tibet, particulièrement au vu du fait que la Chine fait maintenant partie du Conseil des droits de l’homme aux Nations Unies.

« Le recours continu à l’auto-immolation comme moyen d’exprimer la résistance est un signe clair que le bilan de la Chine en matière des droits de l’homme ne s’est pas amélioré, » dit Carole Samdup, directrice exécutive du Comité Canada Tibet. «  Les Canadiens attentent de leur gouvernement qu’il défende et promeuve les droits de l’homme au Tibet, et la première étape pour cela est de placer cet engagement au centre de la relation bilatérale entre le Canada et la Chine. »

La journée internationale des droits de l’homme suit de près le second examen périodique universel de la Chine au Conseil des droits de l’homme à l’ONU en octobre 2013. Pendant cet examen, la Canada a exhorté la Chine à arrêter la persécution des Tibétains, respecter la liberté de religion et mettre fin aux détentions arbitraires. [2]


[1] Les auto-immolations sont documentées ici : https://www.savetibet.org/resources/fact-sheets/self-immolations-by-tibetans/

[2] Le Comité Canada Tibet a soumis des recommandations au gouvernement canadiens pour l’examen universel périodique de la Chine : The Canada Tibet Committee submitted recommendations to the Government of Canada for China’s UPR: http://tibet.ca/en/newsroom/news_releases/336



December 6, 2013

Dear Prime Minister Harper,

As Canadians prepare to commemorate International Human Rights Day, human rights violations continue unabated inside Tibet amidst a culture of impunity.  During the past year, forty-five Tibetans have self-immolated in protest against China’s harsh policies, bringing the total number since 2009 to 124. 

The most recent self-immolation took place just this week. Konchok Tseten, a 30-year-old father of two, reportedly died en route to hospital after police bundled him away from the site of his self-immolation in Ngaba County, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture.  Tseten’s wife and other family members, who were detained after the event, have not been seen since. 

The continuing use of self-immolation as an expression of resistance provides us with irrefutable evidence that Tibetans are suffering under China’s rule.  Disappearances, discrimination, detention, imprisonment, torture and extrajudicial killing are every day occurrences. The current number of known political prisoners in Tibet today is estimated to be as high 1,204. This year alone, more than 254 Tibetans were imprisoned while no less than twenty-two Tibetans are serving life sentences.  On January 31, 2013 Lobsang Kunchok and Dolma Kyab were sentenced to death after being accused of complicity in a self-immolation incident.

 The past year has also witnessed an escalation in violations of religious freedom.  On July 6, 2013, security forces opened fire on a peaceful gathering of Tibetans who were celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday.  On November 1, 2013, Tibet’s Party Chief Chen Quanguo, published an article in Qiushi, the journal of the Central Committee of the Communist Party, suggesting that the state should seek to "separate Tibetan Buddhism from the fourteenth Dalai Lama, and separate the fourteenth Dalai Lama from the title of Dalai Lama.."  Such ideas do not respect the human rights of Tibetans and they risk exacerbating an already tense situation.


 On September 28, 2013, in the run up to China’s Universal Periodic Review at the UN Human Rights Council, Chinese security forces cracked down heavily on Tibetans in Driru County (Central Tibet), arresting seventeen who refused to raise the Chinese national flags on their rooftops. A few days later on October 6, 2013, security forces shot and wounded at least sixty Tibetans who were demanding the release of a villager who had led the protests. Two days later, security forces shot four Tibetans dead and at least fifty more were injured.  The stand-off continues as I write to you today.

Prime Minister, these are only a few examples of the continuing onslaught against basic human rights in Tibet.  The Canada Tibet Committee urges you to work with like-minded governments in an effort to increase pressure on the Government of China to respect human rights particularly as China assumes its role as a new member of the UN Human Rights Council.  Specifically, we make the following recommendations for Canadian action:


·         Appeal to Chinese authorities to commute the death sentences of Lobsang Kunchok and Dolma Kyab as did British Foreign Secretary William Hague in September 2013 who  petitioned for leniency in the case of Dolma Kyab and urged that a re-trial take place under international standards of procedure;

·         Urge Canada’s Office of Religious Freedom to support efforts to monitor and document examples of religious persecution in Tibet as the basis for a broader policy debate about the management of religious affairs in Tibet within its bilateral relationship with Chinese counterparts;

·         Adopt a policy of “do no harm” in the exercise of Canada’s commercial relationship with China, by refraining from activities that might have a negative impact on the enjoyment of human rights by Tibetans in Tibet;

·         Encourage China to re-engage negotiations with representatives of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in accordance with the principles laid out in the Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People (2008) and its addendum (2010).


Canada has a proud history of human rights promotion around the world. As we mark International Human Rights Day 2013, Canadian support for human rights in Tibet is needed more than ever before.  I urge you to act decisively and consistently so that the ultimate sacrifice being made by so many Tibetans, is not made in vain.



Carole Samdup

Executive Director


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