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[9 November 2012] The British government was questioned in the House of Lords yesterday on their response to the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet. Baroness Warsi, Senior Foreign Office Minister, responded saying the government has raised concerns with the Chinese government and is pressing "for a meaningful resolution to the grievances that underlie these distressing events".

Parliament logoLord Alton of Liverpool raised the question asking what representations the British government had made to China about the ongoing self-immolations in Tibet.

Baroness Warsi, the Senior Minister of State for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, replied stating that the British government has "consistently raised concerns about the human rights situation in Tibet with the Chinese government, in particular the large number of self-immolations that have occurred in Tibetan areas since March 2011".

The Minister noted occassions that the issue had been raised and added that the British government is working "closely with like-minded countries to raise our concerns about the self-immolations". Baroness Warsi also said that the government "will continue to raise this issue with the Chinese Government and to press for a meaningful resolution to the grievances that underlie these distressing events".

The full question and response in the House of Lords reads:

Lord Alton of Liverpool: To ask Her Majesty's Government what representations they have made to the Government of China about the Tibetans who have set themselves on fire in protests since March 2011; and what has been the response.

The Senior Minister of State, Department for Communities and Local Government & Foreign and Commonwealth Office (Baroness Warsi): The British Government have consistently raised concerns about the human rights situation in Tibet with the Chinese Government, in particular the large number of self-immolations that have occurred in Tibetan areas since March 2011.

The Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right honourable friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) set out our concern for the situation on 20 June (Official Report, col. 862).

Tibet was discussed at the last round of the UK-China human rights dialogue in January this year, and officials continue to raise their concerns with the Chinese embassy in London and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. We remain in frequent contact with the relevant authorities regarding access to these areas.

We also work closely with like-minded countries to raise our concerns about the self-immolations. The UK raised Tibet, focussing on the rights of Tibetans to assemble peacefully, during the 20 June session of the UN Human Rights Council. Through the EU we expressed concern about reports of human rights violations in China, including in Tibet at the UN Human Rights Council on 17 September.

The Chinese Government remain resolute on their position concerning these issues. We will continue to raise this issue with the Chinese Government and to press for a meaningful resolution to the grievances that underlie these distressing events.
 
Further reading: Tibet Society - occassions Tibet raised in Parliament 2012


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