Several countries criticized China’s rights record in Tibet at recent UN Human Rights Council meet

36th session of the UN Human Rights Council. (Photo courtesy: UN)
36th session of the UN Human Rights Council. (Photo courtesy: UN)

(, Oct01, 2017) – Delegates from the United States, the European Union and Germany especially spoke on the grim human rights situation in Tibet and Xinjiang at the recently concluded 36th session of the UN Human Rights Council, said the Central Tibetan Administration at Dharamshala, India, on its website Sep 30. Besides, the United Kingdom and Switzerland also raised concern over worsening human rights situation in China too, it added.

Germany was stated to have called on China to release all detained human rights defenders, including the Tibetan language activist Tashi Wangchuk.

“Germany remains deeply worried about widespread human rights abuses in China, especially in Tibet, Xinjiang and neighbouring regions, including infringements of the freedom of religion as witnessed in Larung Gar,” the German delegate was quoted as saying.

He was stated to have urged China to allow the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Rapporteurs to visit Tibet.

The United States delegate was cited as having said that “condition akin to martial law have been imposed in Xinjang and some Tibetan areas”. He was stated to have expressed concern over lawyers and activists in China who were being arbitrarily detained, tortured and forced to confess to political charges on state media.

The European Union was stated to have urged China to ensure fair trial for human rights defenders, including Tashi Wangchuk, while calling on it to respect “cultural diversity and freedom of religion”.


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