GENEVA, 14 March: EU and four other countries yesterday raised human rights in Tibet at the UN Human Rights Council 19th Session in Geneva. During the three minutes oral statement under the item 4: Human Rights situations that requires the Council’s attention; EU, France, United Kingdom, Germany, Czech and USA expressed concern at human rights situation in Tibet.
“The Chinese authorities’ heavy-handed measures in Tibetan-populated areas, especially in Sichuan province, give rise to serious concerns. The EU was alarmed by recent reports about the violent suppression of protests in this region, which led to many injured and several fatalities,” said the EU delegation.
EU called on China to allow all Tibetans, including monks, to exercise their cultural and religious rights without hindrance. EU said China must refrain from the use of force against peaceful protest and to improve the human rights situation in Tibet as well as in other parts of China, as a means to ensuring peace and stability. The EU also called for the unconditional release of all those imprisoned and detained solely for the peacefully exercising their basic rights, such as the freedom of expression, assembly, association and religion.
The French delegation said many young Tibetans were setting themselves on fire and this was grave concern to France who is in favour of religious freedom
United Kingdom called on China to safeguard civil, political and cultural rights of all its citizens and expressed concerned by the violent suppression of protest in Tibet. And the Germany delegation said it supported the statement by the EU and further voiced its concern about the situation in Tibet.
Czech Republic said that there are reports of continued escalation of Tibetan areas and Xinjiang are alarming.
“We reiterate our called on Chinese authorities to allow for unhindered access to all areas for international monitoring. As we witnessed tightening restrictions on freedom of expression,” said the Czech delegation.
The US urged the Chinese government to reassess policies that undermine Tibetan and Uighur linguistic, religious, and cultural traditions, creating grievances and fostering unrest.
The UN Human Rights Council 19th Session began on 27 February and will end on 23 March 2012.