Lhasa [Tibet], Feb. 14 (ANI): To commemorate the 110th anniversary of the Tibetan Declaration of Independence Tibet has called on the United Nations (UN) to conduct an independent fact-finding mission. According to the Tibet Rights Collective (TRC), the request seeks to hold China accountable for its mistreatment of the Tibetan people and culture.
In the Tibetan Declaration of Independence on February 13, 1913, the Thirteenth Dalai Lama declared that Tibet had been independent for more than 1,000 years. This was the event that marked the end of the Qing Dynasty (Manchu) rule in China. However, with China’s illegal occupation of Tibet in 1949, the period of Tibet’s autonomy and independence soon came to an end.
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The UN as an agency has largely failed to hold China accountable for the ongoing crisis in Tibet, according to a report by TRC, a Delhi-based research institute. Reference was made to the last visit of the Commissioner for Human Rights in 1985, 24 years ago.
The TRC report also claimed that there had been no meaningful investigation into incidents of abuse of Tibetans in Tibet. Arbitrary detentions, deaths in prison, self-immolations and enforced disappearances continue to occur in the region.
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The UN fact-finding mission must take into account China’s harmful “environmental policies” in Tibet and ask China about the whereabouts of the Tibetan Panchen Lama, who was kidnapped in 1995.
The report also highlights that the CCP has been vigorously controlling the narrative process surrounding the reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama and the Sinicization of Tibetan religion, language, culture, traditions, and education.
Recently, however, UN experts said that around one million Tibetan children are being affected by Chinese government policies aimed at assimilating Tibetans culturally, religiously and linguistically through the boarding school system.
The report also recommends that whenever China’s activities are discussed, such as the Uyghur genocide and threats to Taiwan and Hong Kong, it is necessary to address the Tibet issue.
The report calls on policymakers to thoroughly resolve the Tibet issue and calls for an investigation into the human rights situation in Tibet.
Now is the time for the UN to send an independent fact-finding mission to Tibet, the third pole of the world. As we celebrate the 110th anniversary of Tibetan Independence, let us urge the United Nations to honor its commitment to defending human rights. (Arnie)
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