UN probes CCP crimes against children in Tibet
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#1 Feb 19, 2013
China to be probed by UN over Free Tibet evidence
Tuesday, 19 February 2013
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Earlier this month, Tibet Watchs senior researcher and senior analyst gave evidence to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child about Chinas abuses of children in Tibet.
The committee has just published its List of issues to be taken up and has demanded answers from China about many of the problems Tibet Watch identified. Those include:
whether it has investigated self-immolation protests by children in Tibet including the reasons for what the committee calls these desperate acts
whether it has investigated excessive force used against peaceful demonstrations involving children, and their arbitrary arrest and detention in Tibet
what measures have been taken to reform policies discriminating against religious minorities such as Tibetans and to ensure that they have equal access to health, education and other social services
what they are doing to protect freedom of religion for children
how they are ensuring that Tibetan language rights are respected and Tibetans are involved in decisions about education
provide information about children subjected to re-education through labour.
Members of the Tibet Watch team were invited to Geneva to present oral evidence to the committee following the detailed report that Free Tibet and Tibet Watch submitted to it late last year. The committee is tasked with evaluating whether countries are complying with their undertakings to protect childrens rights under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The committees list of questions is a severe embarrassment for China, which consistently lobbies to discredit evidence provided by Free Tibet and Tibet Watch and to use the UN mechanisms to showcase its achievements. Instead, they are now being held to account.
China criticised by UN
Our submission to the Committee Against Torture in 2008 played a major role in the committee's subsequent conclusion that use of torture in Tibet was widespread and routine.
Last year, evidence contained in a Free Tibet report on food rights in Tibet was presented at a UN Human Rights Council meeting. Our findings were echoed by UN Special Rapporteur.
China must provide answers to all these questions, and the committee will formally consider whether they have breached their obligations at a meeting in September. The committee's list of issues can be viewed on their website (first document in second column).
#3 Feb 20, 2013
"provide information about children subjected to re-education through labour."
Even children in Tibet are sent to the CCP concentration camps, to terrorize their parents into obedience.
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