In this edition: Uyghurs,Hong Kongers and Chinese dissidents hold demonstration in Brussels on China’s National Day; China steps up its attempts to control the Dalai Lama’s succession; Tibet at the 42nd UN Human Rights Council session; US lawmakers introduces legislation inspired by US Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act; Tibetan activist whose lama uncle deied in Chinese prison calls for justice at US religious freedom event; New EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs appointed; UN Special Rapporteurs ask China for information about nine Tibetans imprisoned for celebrating the Dalai Lama’s birthday; New ‘social security’ cards in Tibet expand China’s control over Tibetans’ lives (…)
Thousands of monks and laypeople across Tibet have been roped into participating in a series of major staged performances symbolic of the Communist Party’s control over their lives as Chinese authorities mark the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Oct. 1, known as National Day. The celebrations focused on “telling the story of the Communists” and erasing the stories of the Tibetans.
As part of the 70th anniversary of its founding on October 1, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is touting “70 years of progress” in Tibet. However, the truth is that it has been 70 years of subjugation and oppression for the Tibetan people, and after all that, China still lacks legitimacy in its rule over Tibet.
On October 1st, the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China, the World Uyghur Congress, the International Campaign for Tibet, the Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organisation, the Belgian Uyghur Association and the Tibetan Community in Belgium are organizing a joint march and demonstration in Brussels to call for an end to China’s complete lack of respect for human rights.
At the UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva today, Christa Meindersma spoke on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights and drew attention to the worsening situation at the Tibetan Buddhist institution of Yachen Gar, where more than 7,000 Tibetan Buddhist practitioners have been expelled between May and July and large parts of the encampment have been demolished.
As China ramps up its repression in Tibet, US lawmakers are promoting a bill that will increase America’s support for the Tibetan people, especially on the crucial issue of selecting the next Dalai Lama.
In a statement delivered today at the ongoing 42nd Regular Session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights, ICT’s Kai Müller highlighted the cases of nine Tibetans who were detained and sentenced to prison terms of five to 14 years for organizing celebrations for the Dalai Lama’s birthday in 2015.
Chinese Communist Party authorities have stepped up efforts to control the succession of the Dalai Lama by hosting their first major training on reincarnation involving monks from prominent Tibetan monasteries.
On 11 September 2019, ICT’s Kai Müller delivered a statement at the ongoing UN Human Rights Council session in Geneva, on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights (HFHR), in which he urged the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearance and other relevant special procedures to express concern and request information about disappeared Tibetans, in particular the 11th Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima.
A Tibetan monk from the influential Kirti monastery was sentenced to three years in prison this week after being held incommunicado in detention for more than one year.