By Choekyi Lhamo
DHARAMSHALA, June 29: The President of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA), also known as the Tibetan government-in-exile, Dr. Lobsang Sangay urged the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Saturday to include a special UNHRC session to protect fundamental freedoms in regions occupied by China including Tibet, Hong Kong, and Xinjiang. 50 UN independent experts from 30 UN Special Procedure mandate called on UNHRC to “act with a sense of urgency” and take measures against China on June 26.
CTA lauded the UN experts for their intervention in measures taken against China. President said in the press statement that Tibetans have been denied “the inherent dignity of being human” in Tibet. “The tortures, enforced disappearances, and destructions of monasteries carried out by the government of China against Tibetans are acts of crimes against humanity and do not fall short of being categorized as “cultural genocide,” the statement read.
“Unlike over 120 States, the Government of China has not issued a standing invitation to UN independent experts to conduct official visits. In the last decade, despite many requests by Special Procedures, the Government has permitted only five visits by independent experts,” the report by UN experts stated.
The call against the unchecked violation in Tibet by the government of China has shown a similar impact of repression in Xinjiang and Hong Kong. The statement asserted the need to hold China accountable on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic which has also witnessed state-supervised surveillance of whistleblowers.
CTA emphasized on the member states to hold a special session to establish a country mandate to of UN Special Rapporteur on China to “monitor, analyze and report annually on the human rights situation in Tibet and other regions under the People’s Republic of China.” It also called upon the international community to ensure international law obligations on human rights are carried out by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).