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China fails to shut down scrutiny of its violations as UN Council adopts China rights report

March 20, 2014

China was unsuccessful in blocking efforts by the International Campaign for Tibet and other non-governmental organizations to condemn the harassment meted out to human rights defenders both inside the UN Human Rights Council Geneva and in China. In dramatic exchanges and parliamentary procedural manoeuvres rarely seen in the Council, Member states and NGOs sought a minute of silence for Cao Shunli, a Chinese human rights defender who was prevented by the government from participating in China’s rights review, and then died after being denied medical treatment in detention.

As the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH) delivered an oral statement at the council, critical of China’s report which its two member organisations ICT and Human Rights in China (HRiC) joined, the Chinese delegation interrupted the presenter by raising a point of order. The Chinese asked the President of the Council “to abolish the status of the speaker [FIDH] to speak” because the other two organisations did not have consultative status. The UN secretariat ruled against the Chinese, citing a long practice where NGOs accredited to ECOSOC could “mention other entitities.” FIDH was allowed to continue with the statement.

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China rejects most UPR recommendations on Tibet but agrees to High Commissioner’s visit to Tibet

March 17, 2014

China has responded to the United Nations review of its human rights record by rejecting most of the recommendations made specifically on Tibet by other member states of the Human Rights Council (UNHRC). Of seven recommendations specifically mentioning Tibet, China accepted only one. China rejected five, and said it had already implemented another. China accepted the recommendation by Switzerland to facilitate the visits of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and special rapporteurs, to Tibet.

Kai Müller, Executive Director of International Campaign for Tibet-Germany, said: “Member states should now hold China accountable as a member of the Human Rights Council and press the leadership to ensure that the proposed visits happen. The High Commissioner must be able to engage with Tibetan and Chinese representatives of civil society in order to gain a full insight into human rights conditions in Tibet. While the prospect of a visit is a step in the right direction, it does not in itself constitute progress in improving human rights. A more systematic and deepening crackdown is being implemented in Tibet under the leadership of Xi Jinping. China has repeated the same denials and attempted the same obfuscation of the process as it did during its last Universal Periodic Review in Geneva in 2009.”

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UN Member States should raise the issue of Tibet during adoption of China’s UPR report

March 3, 2014

Today, the 25th Session of the Human Rights Council opened in Geneva, a session during which China’s UPR report will be adopted by the Human Rights Council.

In her opening speech the High Commissioner Ms. Navy Pillay did not specifically raise the issue of human rights violations in Tibet, as requested by over 5000 citizens from several countries, who signed an online petition promoted by the International Campaign for Tibet and the Australian Tibet Council.

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ICT meets with the UN High Commissioners Office

In Geneva today (February 27), Kai Müller, Executive Director, International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) Germany met with the High Commissioners Office and handed over letters from Tibet supporters worldwide calling on UN High Commissioner Navi Pillay to raise Tibet in her opening statement at the UN Human Rights Council. Over 5000 Tibet supporters signed emails […]

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Tibet at the Universal Periodic Review: Action and Opportunity

November 15, 2013

  • 12 nations urged China to make human rights improvements in Tibet
  • China has until March to accept or reject the several recommendations on Tibet in the UPR Working Group report
  • Governments are urged to press China to accept, not ignore, Tibet recommendations

Tibet was raised by a greater number of countries in China’s second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) last month than in the same forum four years ago. By March 2014, China will report on what steps it will take to improve human rights conditions in Tibet as per the recommendations by other countries during the UPR process. This offers governments at the UN the opportunity to urge China to accept meaningful UPR recommendations on Tibet as it was elected to the Human Rights Council for 2014-2016.

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China on the defensive as 11 countries challenge its policies in Tibet

October 22, 2013

Eleven countries spoke up to urge China to improve the human rights of Tibetans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 22. The delegates cited the lack of religious freedom, minority rights, and access of UN officials to Tibet, and called on China to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama, during oral questioning at the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China’s human rights record.

The questioning represented a broadening and deepening of concern for Tibet from China’s previous UPR in 2009, when four countries specifically mentioned Tibet at the Council session. More than 130 countries spoke up on China’s rights record, with many critical, and some, such as Zimbabwe, Venezuela and Russia, supportive. Each country was given only about 50 seconds to make a statement.

At the end of the session, China dismissed the concerns of countries that highlighted concerns about its human rights record (see below). Its full reply to oral and written questions will be reported on October 25.

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China’s rights record in Tibet to be scrutinized by UN

China’s report fails to acknowledge human rights violations in Tibet

October 18, 2013

China is being forced to defend its mistreatment of Tibetans as its human rights record goes under the world’s microscope on October 22 through its Universal Periodic Review (UPR) at the United Nations (UN).

“China’s report to the UN pretends that there are no widespread and systematic human rights violations occurring in Tibet, despite being well documented by objective observers,” said Kai Muller, Executive Director ICT Germany, who will be in Geneva for the China UPR session. “China’s failure to admit it has a serious problem undermines its credibility at the UN, and is an obstacle to human rights progress. We applaud other nations on the Human Rights Council for accurately representing China’s record.”

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China’s rights record scrutinized by UN Committee

October 2, 2013

The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child reviewed China’s record, including in Tibet, as part of its compliance review under the UN Child Rights Convention on September 26 and 27, in Geneva, Switzerland.

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and 17 other non governmental organizations submitted shadow reports on China’s compliance prior to the review. Elena Gaita, Policy and Advocacy Officer at ICT Europe, was present at the review and distributed a list of recommendations and suggested questions to some of the 18 expert members of the Committee. More than 40 representatives from NGOs and other civil society groups were present at the review, although they were not allowed to speak as per the rules of the review.

“The review session was very good. The Committee members were able to effectively challenge the Chinese delegation. They discussed Tibet a lot and many of ICT’s questions were used, covering numerous areas such as freedom of religion, the right to education and language rights,” said Elena Gaita.

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23rd Session of the Human Rights Council

The International Campaign for Tibet amplified the voices of Tibetans at the 23rd session of the UN Human Rights Council which concluded on the 14th of June. Elena Gaita, Policy and Advocacy Officer for ICT Brussels, spoke on Tibet for the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights at the Interactive Dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on […]

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