Update: Sep 30, 2021 5:39 PM STI
Geneva [Switzerland], Sep 30 (ANI): China was reprimanded at the 48th session of the UN Human Rights Council for its record on rights in Tibet, delegates from the United States, Denmark, Germany and the European Union expressing concerns about the severe restrictions on religious, linguistic and cultural traditions imposed by the Chinese government in the region.
During the session, the United States denounced Chinese economic exploitation, systemic racism and the growing destruction of cultural heritage by China and further expressed concern over China’s severe restrictions on religious traditions, linguistic and cultural in Tibet.
Meanwhile, France. on behalf of the 26 member states and the European Union, reiterated its calls on China to comply with obligations under national and international law to respect human rights, including rights belonging to minorities, especially in Tibet, Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia.
The Danish delegate reiterated the call for China to grant meaningful access to the High Commissioner and other independent observers to investigate ongoing human rights crises. Echoing similar concerns, the Kingdom of the Netherlands expressed serious concerns about restrictions on press freedom and freedom of religion or belief in Tibet.
Switzerland also criticized China’s continued arbitrary detention of minorities and called on China to respect the rights of the Tibetan people.
The Tibet office in Geneva testified before Swiss parliamentarians last week and spoke out against China’s repeated destruction of the fragile environment of the Tibetan plateau in the name of development.
“The fundamental values and the credibility of the Council are at stake,” said Representative Kalden Tsomo while urging the UN Council to make a more thorough assessment of the environmental impact in Tibet.
Tibet has been ranked as the second least free region in the world, according to the latest report “World Freedom 2021: A Leaderless Struggle for Democracy”, based on a study of political freedom around the world.
Tibet is ruled by the Beijing-based Chinese Communist Party government, with local decision-making power concentrated in the hands of Chinese party officials.
Tibet was a sovereign state before the invasion of China in 1950 when the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) entered northern Tibet. (ANI)