Unfettered and Independent Access to Tibet for UN Experts Urged

A human rights group during the 41st session of UN Human Rights Council in Geneva has urged for unfettered and independent access to Tibet for UN experts. The group raised its serious concerns over China’s brutal policies to erase the Tibetan identity and expand their authority over the entire region of Tibet.

Vincent Metten speaking on behalf of the Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights while raising its concern over China’s brutal policies in Tibet, he reiterated the call upon China to provide unfettered and independent access to Tibet for the UN experts.

“The Chinese policies to accelerate assimilation and consolidate political control through an expanded surveillance system strive to erase Tibetan identity and conceal the region from external scrutiny,” Metten said before once again urging unfettered and independent access to Tibetan areas for UN experts, according to the report by International Campaign for Tibet.

Metten’s statement followed specific expressions of concern about the situation in Tibet by the European Union, Czech Republic, Finland, Sweden, Germany and the UK, the report added.

According to his statement, systematic human rights violations against Tibetans remain deeply troubling. The Chinese policies to accelerate assimilation and consolidate political control through an expanded surveillance system strive to erase Tibetan identity and conceal the region from external scrutiny.

The statement called out for three key points upon the member states;

  • urge respect for freedom of religion or belief and cultural rights of Tibetans
  • urge prompt, unfettered and independent access to all parts of the country, including in particular Tibetan areas, by independent international human rights experts, including the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and relevant UN Special Rapporteurs
  • call for the immediate release of Tibetan human rights defender and language advocate Tashi Wangchuk.

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