In a highly charged political environment, a UNESCO committee voted on 7 July 2017 to approve a controversial application by the Chinese government to inscribe a vast Tibetan area as a World Heritage site, although it contravenes values and guidelines of the international cultural body.
The European Parliament adopted a resolution on July 6, 2017, calling on the Chinese government to immediately release the ailing Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia from house arrest and to seek medical treatment “wherever they wish”.
The UNESCO World Heritage Committee, meeting in Krakow this week, risks contravening its own guidelines if it approves without question a controversial nomination by the Chinese government for a vast area of Tibet known as Hoh Xil.
The International Campaign for Tibet has written to governments in Europe that are sending delegates to China’s first Belt & Road Forum, to call on them not to put trade before human rights.
A United Nations human rights expert on poverty has criticized the Chinese government for exposing “ethnic minorities in China” to serious human rights challenges.
The 33rd session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva once again saw Tibet and China in the spotlight, as the High Commissioner for Human Rights prominently expressed concern with regard to human rights violations in the People’s Republic of China and urged the Chinese government to cooperate with United Nations institutions.
At the ongoing session of the United Nations Human Rights Council in Geneva (32nd Session), ICT once again highlighted issues pertaining to China’s repressive policies in Tibet.
President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama this morning (June 15, 2016), marking the fourth time the two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have met at the White House since Obama took office.
The international community has sent a strong message to China with unprecedented diplomatic action in recent weeks including the first collective statement at the U.N. Human Rights Council, a rare joint statement drawing attention to human rights abuses and a high-profile appearance by the Dalai Lama at an event with human rights defenders in Geneva.
The United States and 11 other countries including 7 EU Member States have issued an historic joint statement condemning China’s human rights record at the 31st session of the UN Human Rights Council on Thursday 10 March.