Tibetans protest China's continued human rights violations at 48th UNHRC sessions

The Tibetan community of Switzerland and Liechtenstein organised a peace march on Friday from the UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights to the building of the UN Human Rights Council in protest against China over the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet.

The members of the community appealed to the High Commissioner to hold China accountable for the continued violations of human rights in Tibet, and to raise the issue of gross human rights violations in Tibet during the UNHRC sessions.

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In a letter addressed to the High Commissioner, members of the community expressed serious concerns over the intensification of assimilatory policy in Tibet by China, compulsory military Summer camp for Tibetan children, the deteriorating situation in Dza Wonpo, Karze Tibetan area incorporated into China’s Sichuan Province, continued disappearance of 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, and persistent violations of the right to freedom of religion in Tibet.

In view of the deteriorating situation in Tibet, the community appealed to the High Commissioner to call upon China to:

  • Respect the rights of Tibetan children to receive education in their own mother tongue Tibetan language.
  • Immediately cease military camps forcing Tibetan children to undergo military-style training during school holidays.
  • Release 11th Panchen Lama Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, his entire family, Chadrel Rinpoche, and all Tibetan political prisoners.
  • Stop meddling in the religious practices of the Tibetan people, and
  • Give unfettered access to Tibet, allowing an independent fact-finding mission to assess the situation on the ground in Tibet.


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