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 …

FM spokesman: China opposes Paris mayor awarding Dalai Lama ‘honorary citizen’

China on Tuesday protested the awarding of “honorary citizen” to the Dalai Lama by Paris mayor, saying it posed “grave interference in Sino-French relations”. “We feel strongly disgruntled and is resolutely opposed to Paris’ award for the Dalai Lama, regardless of China’s opposition,” said Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang. Earlier reports said that Paris …

Tiananmen and Tibet: ICT Analysis

Following the Tiananmen Square massacre in 1989, the U.S. Congress passed legislation that imposed sanctions on the Chinese government in response to its human rights crackdown. The legislation, commonly referred to as the “Tiananmen Sanctions” (P.L. 101-246) required Chinese authorities to meet a variety of conditions, including human rights improvements in Tibet. This paper analyzes …

Bold report by Beijing scholars reveals breakdown of China’s Tibet policy

A bold and remarkable new report by a group of Chinese scholars in Beijing challenges the official position that the Dalai Lama “incited” the protests that broke out in Tibet in March 2008, and outlines key failings in the policy of the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Tibet. The report, which …

An investigative report into the social and economic causes of the 3.14 incident in Tibetan areas

This bold and important report by a group of Chinese scholars in Beijing challenges the official position that the Dalai Lama “incited” the protests that broke out in Tibet in March 2008, and outlines key failings in the policy of the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) on Tibet. The report is the …