UN urged to ask China to cease demolition of Tibetan Buddhist institute

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.

UN urged to pressure China over arbitrary detention of Tibetans

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.

UN asked to focus on disappeared Tibetans, in particular the 11th Panchen Lama

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.

On Day of Disappeared, ICT joins call for release of Tibetan prisoner

As the world marks International Day of the Disappeared, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and other NGOs are calling on China to stop forcibly disappearing Tibetans and others persecuted by the Chinese Communist regime. ICT has signed on to a letter from the International Service for Human Rights (ISHR) saying that “enforced disappearance has …

New ‘social security’ cards in Tibet expand China’s control over Tibetans’ lives

Chinese authorities in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) have apparently deepened their control over the Tibetan population with the rollout this summer of social security cards. According to Chinese state media, the cards cover a “wide range of functions” and support “online banking, mobile banking, consumption, settlement, payment, medical insurance settlement, city card and other …

Chinese policies increase risk of climate emergency for Tibetan nomads, UN panel says

China’s policies in Tibet have increased the vulnerability of Tibetan pastoralists to climate change, the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) states in its latest report, “Climate Change and the Land,” released Aug. 8, 2019. While the Chinese government blames Tibetan nomads for the degradation of Tibet’s vast grasslands, the IPCC and experts around …