Tibetans among cases highlighted by UN rights chief in Geneva meet

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein.
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mr Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein.

(TibetanReview.net, Sep14, 2017) – The 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva opened on Sep 11 with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Prince Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein, including several Tibetan cases in his highlight of major concerns across the world. Saying “the world has grown darker and dangerous” for human rights, he called on governments across the world to uphold and promote human rights more than ever before.

Among deaths in detention of rights activists, he has mentioned the cases of prominent Tibetan religious leader Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (who died in 2015), Chinese Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo (who died this year) and Chinese human rights lawyer Ms Cao Shunli (who died in 2014) due to severe ill-treatment and neglect in prison.

The High Commissioner has also raised serious concern for those who “are in various forms of deprivation of liberty on questionable grounds, without any independent oversight mechanism”. And he has mentioned the case of the Tibetan language rights activist Tashi Wangchuk among them.

The UN’s top human rights officer has also come down heavily on “Governments who engage in intimidation and bullying, and commit reprisals against human rights defenders and NGOs which work with the UN human rights mechanism” on oppression and injustice exercise by States in their countries. He called it a “theft of their peoples’ inalienable rights.”


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