Denials, smokescreens and misleading information: Chinese government attempts to distort its record on Tibet at UN committee hearing on 13 August 2018

On 13 August at the United Nations Committee to Eliminate Racial Discrimination, the Chinese government flatly denied its human rights violations in Tibet and other areas of the People’s Republic of China, instead painting a rosy picture of personal freedoms that left the body of independent human rights experts in disbelief.

China’s claims in new white paper about protecting Tibet’s environment are contradicted by increased production of bottled water from shrinking Tibetan glaciers, more dams

As the Chinese government released a new white paper claiming it supports “ecological conservation” in Tibet, state media announced that China has stepped up production of bottled water from Tibet’s endangered glaciers, and news emerged of more major hydropower schemes in central Tibet, financed by the state.

Tibet Brief – Edition 64

The Tibet Brief is an ICT publication for policy-makers, providing concise information and perspectives on the political, economic and human rights situation in Tibet. In this edition: New ICT report reveals China’s strategies of weaponizing access to Tibet; EU and China hold their annual Human Rights Dialogue and Summit; ICT President raises Tibet with UN and EU officials; China forces young Tibetan monks out of monastery; Mass migration program highlights contested nomads’ resettlement policies in Tibet; ‘Destruction, commercialization, fake replicas’: new report on Lhasa as UNESCO World Heritage Committee meets; Chinese dissident’s widow Liu Xia allowed to leave China after years of house arrest; Sweden condemns Tibetan for espionage, highlighting pressures on exile communities (…)

Former home of Dalai Lama’s parents demolished in Lhasa

The former home of the parents of the Dalai Lama, one of the largest and most important of the few remaining historic buildings in Lhasa, has been demolished and a new concrete structure is being built in its place.