UNESCO approves controversial World Heritage Tibet nomination despite concerns

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.

Tibet once again in the spotlight at United Nations in Geneva

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.

Unprecedented diplomatic action in Geneva on China’s human rights record

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.