China Under Scrutiny for its Human Rights Condition in Tibet and Xinjiang

      November 9, 2018:29 AM

The recently concluded United Nations Human Rights Council‘s Universal Periodic Review saw delegations from the People’s Republic of China questioned over its worsening Human rights Condition by member states.


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China’s human rights record is examined on Tuesday at the 31st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council‘s Universal Periodic Review. It focused on Beijing’s treatment of ethnic minorities, the detention of activists and the suppression of religious and civil freedoms.


A total of 12 Member States expressed concerns over human rights violations in Tibet. Australia, Austria, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, United Kingdom and United States called for China to respect Tibetan people’s freedom of religion and belief, freedom of expression and assembly, expressed concerns over the imprisonment of Tibetan language advocate Tashi Wangchuk, end the crackdown on Tibetan Buddhist lamas, and called for unhindered access to diplomats and UN representatives to Tibet.

amid a global outcry over the mass incarceration of an estimated one million Uyghurs and other minority ethnic Muslims in “re-education camps” France, Germany, the United States, and other Western countries also called on China on Tuesday to close down political re-education camps that Uyghur activists and human rights experts say hold one million Uyghurs and other Muslims in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.

The review takes place every five years for each UN member state. The country under review is meant to demonstrate how it has followed previous recommendations as well as answer questions from states, NGOs and others.

Listed here are the 12 Recommendations on Tibet made by nine Member States during the review:


Cease restrictions on Uyghurs’ and Tibetans’ freedom of movement and allow media, UN and foreign officials an access to Xinjiang and Tibet.


End prosecution and persecution of ethnic Muslims, Christians, Tibetan Buddhists, and Falun Gong practitioners on basis of their religion or belief


Denmark recommended the Government to facilitate full access to Xinjiang and Tibet for all relevant UN special procedures.


Recommended the guaranteeing Freedom of religion and belief in Tibet and Xinjiang


Respect rights of freedom of religion and belief, opinion and expression, peaceful assembly and culture for Tibetans, Uyghurs and other minorities

New Zealand

Respect, protect and fulfill the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion in accordance with general comment 22 of the HRC (Human Rights Committee). New Zealand recommended that China resume the two-way dialogue on Tibet


Take urgent steps to respect the rights of persons belonging to ethnic minorities including the rights to peaceful assembly, to manifest religion and culture, in particular in Xinjiang and Tibet


China should respect all HR of the Tibetan people and other minorities including the importance of a safe, clean, healthy and sustainable environment which is vital for the enjoyment of a number of these rights


Release those imprisoned for such [rights’ defence] work, including Tashi Wangchuk, Ilham Tohti, Huang Qi and Wang Quangzhang.

Cease interference in the selection and education of religious leaders – including the reincarnation of Tibetan Buddhist lamas.


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