China’s new leadership and Tibet

  The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) announced its new ‘Fifth Generation’ leadership on November 15, with Xi Jinping appointed as Party Secretary and head of the CCP Central Military Commission in a once-in-a-decade leadership transition. Members of the new seven-member Standing Committee of the Politburo headed by Xi are older, conservative, and associated with harsh …

UN Human Rights Council publishes written statement on discrimination in Tibet

GENEVA—The Secretary-General of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) has published an NGO-submitted written statement detailing the discrimination facing Tibetans in Tibet. The statement, submitted by the Mouvement contre le racisme et pour l’amitie entre les peuples (MRAP), will be circulated at the 19th Session of the UNHRC which meets in Geneva, Switzerland from …

State media confirms Xi Jinping in Lhasa for celebrations

 Reports in China’s official media confirm that Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping is currently in Lhasa, leading a central government delegation of 59 senior Party, government and military officials – including Chen Bingde, the People’s Liberation Army Chief of Staff – to “attend a series of celebrations” marking the 60th anniversary of the signing of …

Spain under pressure over Tibet lawsuit – China refuses to cooperate with Spanish judge

In a new written statement, the Chinese government has rejected a judicial request for Chinese officials to testify in court in Madrid and demanded that the Spanish government block a ground-breaking investigation in the Spanish High Court on crimes against the Tibetan people, calling it a “false lawsuit.”  Spain will take on the EU’s rotating …

Human Rights in China: Report to UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD)

Human Rights in China (www.hrichina.org) submitted a parallel NGO report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD), which identified serious challenges faced by China’s rural ethnic groups, including Tibetans. Specifically, HRIC urges the Committee to press China to: Provide meaningful statistics to shed light on arrests, detention, and sentencing related to …

UN human rights chief admits ‘systematic violations’ in Tibet

The UN human rights chief, Navi Pillay, has called on China to “live up to its commitments to protect the rights of minorities, including those of Tibetans” and admitted that “serious systemic violations of human rights” in Tibet had been reported to the UN. Ms. Pillay also spoke of an “increasing exclusion of ethnic minorities …

HRW: Chinese government rebuffs UN Human Rights Council

China has made a mockery of its commitment to the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review process, Human Rights Watch said today. At a June 11 Human Rights Council meeting to adopt the “Outcome Report on China,” part of a required review process for all member states, the Chinese government rejected, without exception, 70 …

Tracking the Steel Dragon

The world’s highest railroad across the Tibetan plateau to Lhasa (completed in July 2006) is the most high-profile symbol of Beijing’s ambitious plans to develop the western regions of the People’s Republic of China (PRC). As an indispensable element of Beijing’s ‘transportation revolution’, the aim of its construction is to expand the influence and consolidate …

Ethnic minority elites in China’s Party-State leadership

In this article, Cheng Li highlights the challenges the CCP faces in governing a Han-dominant but multi-ethnic China, looking at the situation of Tibetan, Uighur and Mongolian cases. The author writes that “how top leaders handle ethnic tensions and recruit ethnic minorities into the political establishment will be not only crucial determinants of social stability …