International Tibet Network News Digest & Analysis: 25 October 2013
Protests and Restrictions in Tibet
Tibetans Call China’s Policies at Tourist Spot Tacit but Stifling - New York Times
24 October | Behind closed doors, many of Labrang monastery’s resident monks complain about intrusive government policies, invisible to tourists, that they say are strangling their culture and identity.
Tibetan denies official version of cousin's death - Yahoo News
23 October | In a rare interview conducted in this ethnic Tibetan region, the cousin told The Associated Press the man burned himself Oct. 6, 2012, at a white stupa near his Gannan village, in a personal protest over the lack of rights for Tibetans. He said Sangay Gyatso was not connected to Tibetan groups abroad.
Machine guns fired on Tibet mine protesters - Truthloader
21 October | Chinese police and paramilitary forces have fired machine guns on a group of Tibetan protesters. The group had been peacefully demonstrating for three days after the arrival of hundreds of miners who were due to start operations on a mountain that has special religious significance to the local population.
China disappears Tibetan father of three; Arrests 10 others in ongoing crackdown in Driru - TCHRD
21 October | Tenzin Rangdol, 34, was arrested on the morning of 18 October 2013 and is being held incommunicado by the police in Shagchu Town in Diru County. He was arrested on his way home in Gochu Village no. 4 after walking his children to school. Tenzin Rangdol’s wife is Tsering Pelzom, 26, and the couple has three young children.
Universal Periodic Review of China News
UN Petition - Avaaz
25 October | A signature campaign targeting UN Member States, supported by Thubten Wangchen, aims to encourage Member States to vote against China rejoining the United Nations Human Rights Council.
China on the defensive as 11 countries challenge its policies in Tibet - ICT
22 October | Eleven countries spoke up to urge China to improve the human rights of Tibetans at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on October 22. The delegates cited the lack of religious freedom, minority rights, and access of UN officials to Tibet, and called on China to resume dialogue with the Dalai Lama, during oral questioning at the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of China’s human rights record.
China challenged over human rights record at United Nations - The Guardian
22 October | China told a United Nations review of its human rights record that it had made progress, but was challenged over its curbs on free speech and treatment of ethnic minorities, activists and dissidents, at the session in Geneva on Tuesday.
GE: des militants pro-Tibet manifestent devant l'ONU - RTS
22 October | Video, in French, of Tibetan protests at the United Nations UPR.
Tibetans climb UN Geneva building in protest before China rights meeting - Reuters
22 October | Tibetan activists protesting at China's rule over Tibet scaled scaffolding on the U.N. European headquarters in Geneva early on Tuesday and unfurled a banner ahead of a session convened to examine China's human rights record.
Opinion and Analysis
China: Make Concrete Progress at UN Rights Review - Human Rights Watch
21 October | Chinese officials should not repeat their systematic denials and obfuscation of their first UPR in 2009, Human Right Watch said. At that time, the government claimed that, “no individual or press has been penalized for voicing their opinions or views,” that the country had no “black jails,” and that it did not censor the Internet.
China should respect its Constitution, release human rights activists - The Asahi Shimbun
21 October | Some prominent civil activists calling for quite moderate reforms have been detained in China. The Chinese authorities’ actions against these people clearly qualify as oppression that tramples on human rights and are unacceptable.
13 Reactions to China’s Bid for Seat on UN Human Rights Council - The Epoch Times
21 October | Thirteen activists respond to China’s attempt to rejoin the UN HRC.