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Tibet groups condemn China’s violent suppression of Tibetan peaceful protests PDF Print E-mail
[9 October 2013] Press release from International Tibet Network, a global coalition of Tibet groups, of which Tibet Society is a member.

International Tibet Network condemns China’s violent suppression of Tibetan peaceful resistance against provocative patriotic education and propaganda campaigns

Shooting of unarmed Tibetans in Central Tibet further damages China’s reputation as Universal Periodic Review approaches


ITN logoThe International Tibet Network [1], a global coalition of 190 Tibet Groups, condemns the shooting and injuring of at least 60 Tibetans, some seriously, by Chinese security forces in Driru, Nagchu, Central Tibet (Chinese: Biru, Naqu Prefecture, Tibet Autonomous Region) on 6 October [2]. These outright state-perpetrated human rights violations come just two weeks before China’s human rights performance is to be reviewed by the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva on 22 October.

“China’s actions in Tibet need to be fully scrutinized in this multilateral mechanism, and Beijing held accountable for its continued failure to meet international obligations or adhere to assurances that it will do so [3]," said Alison Reynolds, International Tibet Network Executive Director. “We urge Governments not to allow China to continue to erode the integrity of the Universal Periodic Review process.”

Chinese troops opened fire on Tibetans who had gathered to call for the release of a villager, named as Dorje Dragtsel. Dragtsel had been detained on 3 October after objecting to orders from a visiting ‘patriotic education’ work team, which was attempting to force Tibetans to raise the Chinese flag and show loyalty to the Communist Party. The previous week, dozens of Tibetans in Driru were beaten and injured, and more than 40 detained by security forces, after the authorities failed to compel locals to raise the Chinese flag for China’s National Day [4].

“These incidents, including the July shootings of unarmed Tibetans who gathered to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Tawu, eastern Tibet [5], expose China’s true colours ahead of the United Nations Universal Periodic Review of China's human rights record [6]," said Tenzin Jigme, International Coordinator of the International Tibet Network. “China’s patriotic education and propaganda campaigns are further exacerbating tensions in Tibet. Tibetans are continuing to resist China’s failed Tibet policies, despite the terrible risks attached to their non-violent protests.”

Mandie McKeown, the Network’s Campaigns Coordinator, added, “The International Tibet Network calls on Governments to publicly condemn China’s use of force against unarmed Tibetan protesters, and press China’s government to urgently change its policies in Tibet. And our Governments must use the United Nations Universal Periodic Review to impress upon China the severity of their concerns about the situation in Tibet.”

Contacts:
Alison Reynolds, International Tibet Network, + 44 7711 843 884
Tenzin Jigme, International Tibet Network +1 703 424 0015
Mandie McKeown, International Tibet Network, + 44 7748 158 618

Notes:
1. The International Tibet Network is a global coalition of more than 190 Tibet organisations dedicated to campaigning to end human rights violations in Tibet and restoring rights to the Tibetan people.

2. For detailed reports of this and related incidents, see International Campaign for Tibet, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy and Free Tibet.

3. In its first cycle UPR in 2009, China rejected, without a single exception, every recommendation specifically representing Tibet or pertaining to freedom of expression, freedom of association, and independence of the judiciary. See http://bit.ly/1gCs4z3.

4. Ibid [2]. China’s National Day is 1 October.

5. See http://tibetnetwork.org/media-news

6. The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council under which it reviews the performance of UN Member States against their human rights obligations and commitments. Member Groups of the International Tibet Network issued a joint submission and recommendations to China. View summary (PDF document) at http://bit.ly/1gxOQYK.


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