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[UPDATED 18 November 2013] A series of reports have been published on Tibet in 2013 by human rights organisations, governments and Tibet organisations. These reports highlight a variety of issues facing Tibetans, including human rights abuses, religious repression, lack of press freedom and forced resettlement. Summaries and links are provided below.

Human & Civil Rights I Religious Freedom I Creative Freedom I Press Freedom
Internet Freedom I Housing Rights I Reports by Tibet Organisations

Human & Civil Rights
Freedom House logoJanuary 2013: Freedom House
Freedom in the World 2013

Freedom House, a US-based NGO, classified Tibet amongst the Worst of the Worst
alongside countries such as Eritrea, North Korea, Sudan and Syria. Tibet had the lowest possible ratings for both political rights and civil liberties. The report noted that the Chinese governments security clampdown... was sustained during 2012 and increasingly extended to Tibetan areas outside the Tibet Autonomous Region. In response to self-immolation protests the authorities responded with communications blackouts, patriotic education campaigns, travel restrictions, and intrusive new controls on monasteries. Read report

FCO logoApril 2013: Foreign & Commonwealth Office (UK)
Human Rights and Democracy 2012

The UK government's annual report on global human rights features 10 pages on China and one page on Tibet. The latter summarises some of the human rights issues affecting Tibetans in 2012 and the UK's response. There are also quarterly updates which can be viewed online. Full report I China (Tibet section page 7 & 8) I Quarterly updates

US State Dept logopril 2013: US State Department
Human Rights Report for 2012

The Chinese government was engaging in the severe repression of Tibet and that human rights in Tibet had deteriorated markedly during 2012. Under the banner of maintaining social stability, the [Chinese] government engaged in the severe repression of Tibets unique religious, cultural, and linguistic heritage by, among other means, strictly curtailing the civil rights of Chinas ethnic Tibetan population, including the freedoms of speech, religion, association and movement. Download report (Tibet section: pp 83-107)

Amnesty International logoMay 2013: Amnesty International
Annual Report 2013

The Chinese government maintained a stranglehold on political activists, human rights defenders and online activists, subjecting many to harassment, intimidation, arbitrary detention and enforced disappearance. In the Tibet Autonomous Region, the Chinese authorities continued to repress Tibetans right to enjoy and promote their own culture as well as their rights to freedom of religion, expression, peaceful association and assembly. In addition, socioeconomic discrimination against ethnic Tibetans persisted unchecked. Read China section

October 2013: Congressional-Executive Commission on China
CECC logoAnnual Report 2013
The CECC's annual report, for the period Sept 2012 - Sept 2013, includes 15 pages specifically on Tibet, covering political prisoners, self-immolations and security crackdowns plus human rights issues relating to religious freedom, Tibetan culture and economic development. The report urges Chinese officials to adopt a more inclusive, democratic approach that fully takes into account the views of Tibetans... and respects their culture, language, and religion." (The CECC was created by the US Congress to monitor human rights and the development of rule of law in China.) Press Release I Download (Tibet section: pages 172-186)

Religious Freedom
USCIRF logoApril 2013: US Commission for International Religious Freedom: Annual Report 2013
Religious freedom conditions in Tibet are worse now than at any time over the past decade. According to the report, China is one of the most egregious violators of religious freedom in the world, along with countries such as North Korea, Iran and Sudan. Download report (China & Tibet section: pp 29-45)

US State Dept logoMay 2013: US State Department
International Religious Freedom Report 2012

The Chinese governments respect for and protection of religious freedom in Tibetan areas deteriorated markedly in 2012, with a substantial increase in official interference in Tibetan Buddhist monasteries and nunneries. Monasteries were increasingly forbidden to deliver traditional educational and medical services to the people of their communities and official intimidation was used to compel acquiescence and preserve a facade of stability. Read Tibet section

Creative Freedom
PEN international logoMay 2013: PEN International
Creativity and Constraint in Todays China

The report, which compiled five years of research between 2008 and 2013, found a targeted, protracted and widespread crackdown in Tibetan regions... which have severely curtailed [Tibetans] right to express themselves freely. It also noted, the enforcement of a dominant language... such as that imposed in the TAR, is a direct attack on freedom of expression, and, the policy restricting cultural expression extends to all areas of Tibetans lives. The report stated that since 2008 [Tibetan] writers, intellectuals, and advocates faced increasingly severe restrictions. Read report

Press Freedom
Freedom House logoMay 2013: Freedom House
Freedom of the Press 2013

In 2012, Chinas media environment remained one of the worlds most restrictive. Conditions in Tibetan areas deteriorated during 2012 and access for foreign journalists to Tibet and Tibetan-populated regions of neighbouring provinces was especially restricted. In addition, ordinary Tibetans were imprisoned for accessing, possessing, or transmitting banned information and the [Chinese] authorities resorted to more draconian measures to curb the [self-immolation] protests and restrict the transmission of information about them. Read report

Reporters Without Borders logoMay 2013: Reporters Without Borders
2013 World Press Freedom Report

In the World Press Freedom Index, China remained in the bottom 10 countries (out of 179) for press freedom, along with the likes of Sudan, Iran, Syria and North Korea. The report noted that in China those involved in online news and information, such as bloggers and netizens, are forced to deal with increasingly harsh repression. Many Tibetan monks have been convicted or abducted for having sent information abroad about the disastrous state of human rights in Tibet. Read report

Internet Freedom
Freedom House logoJuly 2013: Freedom House
Throttling Dissent: Chinas New Leaders Refine Internet Control

The change in Chinese leadership has "served as a catalyst for tighter controls on content, measures to deliberately slow internet traffic, and intensified harassment of dissidents" with ethnic minorities being "particularly vulnerable". At least a dozen Tibetans were jailed for "sharing of information online or via mobile phone". Unprecedented levels of surveillance targeting Tibetans were documented, including a camera grid system intended to place a camera on every road in Tibet. Read report

Housing Rights
Human Rights Watch logoJune 2013: Human Rights Watch
Mass Rehousing and Relocation in Tibet

The Chinese government is planning to forcibly rehouse and relocate over one million rural Tibetans over the next 18 months. Since 2006, China has already resettled over two million Tibetans, mostly nomads and farmers, into "New Socialist Villages". This resettlement policy has led to extensive rights violations including "the absence of consultation" and the "failure to provide adequate compensation", both of which are required under international law. There are also concerns over "defects in the quality of the houses provided, absence of remedies for arbitrary decisions, failures to restore livelihoods, [and] a disregard for autonomy rights nominally guaranteed by Chinese law in Tibetan areas." Download options

Reports by Tibet Organisations
January 2013: Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Annual Report 2012

Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy's report records wide-ranging human rights violations in Tibet during 2012, including arbitrary arrests and detention, torture, self-immolation protests and language rights.
Press release I Download

January 2013: Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Religious Repression in Tibet 2012

A special report providing an in-depth analysis of the internationally protected right to freedom of religion and belief, and the ways in which the Chinese government is continuously and systematically violating it in the context of Tibetan Buddhism.

March 2013: International Tibet Network
Submission to Universal Periodic Review

A report analysing the Chinese government's human rights record in Tibet since 2009. Submitted to the UN Human Rights Council for the Universal Periodic Review of China, due in October 2013. International Tibet Network is a global coalition of Tibet groups including Tibet Society. The report was also submitted to the UK Foreign Office in May by Tibet Society.
Summary I Download

Tibet Society logoMay 2013: Tibet Society
Political Prisoners in Tibet

The report focuses on Tibetans harshly sentenced since the introduction of new laws by CHina at the end of 2012 aimed at eradicating self-immolation protests. The cases of 41 Tibetans are highlighted, all of whom were sentenced between January and mid-April 2013. Also included are the cases of nine Tibetan political prisoners who were released from prison in very poor health. This report was presented to the UK Foreign Office on 15 May 2013. Article I Download

May 2013: International Campaign for Tibet
Tibetan Refugees in Nepal

This report, highlighting issues facing Tibetan refugees in Nepal, was submitted to the UN Human Rights Committee ahead of the session in July. Article I Download

May 2013: Tibet Policy Institute
Why Tibet is Burning...

A revised report explaining the fundamental reasons behind the wave of self-immolations inside Tibet and the alarming escalation in  protests. The Tibet Policy Institute is a think-tank of the Tibetan government in exile (Central Tibetan Administration).
Article I Download

June 2013: International Tibet Network
A New Global Approach, Unite for Tibet

This report, presented to world leaders prior to the G8 Summit in June, calls on governments to change the way they engage with China on the Tibet issue. It highlights the failure of current methods and recommends new appraoches such as multilateral policies and coordinated diplomatic actions. International Tibet Network is a global coalition of Tibet groups including Tibet Society. The report was delivered to Prime Minister Cameron in June by Tibet Society.
Article I View Report

June 2013: International Tibet Network
Concerns and Questions about Developments in Lhasa

A report on the Chinese government's plans to 'modernise' large parts of the ancient Tibetan quarter of Lhasa. The report was delivered to UNESCO in June, prior to the meeting of the World Heritage Committee. International Tibet Network is a global coalition of Tibet groups including Tibet Society. Article I View Report

July 2013:
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Universal Periodic Review & Chinas Human Rights Record in Tibet

This report analyses the commitments China made under its first Universal Periodic Review in 2009, and its subsequent failure to meet them. Included is an assessment of ongoing human rights violations in Tibet, including religious and cultural repression, arbitrary detention, torture and unequal access to development. Article I Download

September 2013:
Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy
Ending Impunity: Crimes Against Humanity in Tibet

A report examining the international criminal justice system and how Chinese officials have committed crimes against humanity, in particular six current and former Party Secretaries for Tibet Autonomous Region, Qinghai Province, Gansu Province, and Sichuan Province. The report concludes by discussing various means of accountability for the crimes committed in Tibet and issues a set of recommendations. Article I Download

September 2013: International Campaign for Tibet
Chinese crackdown on Tibetan Buddhism

A joint report, with International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH), produced for China's Universal Periodic Review. The report highlights numerous violations of principles set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as a result of increasingly systematic measures set by the Chinese government in Tibet since 2008. Article I Download

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