Human rights specialists from around the world debate the peril that China’s imperial actions in Tibet pose to Tibetan culture in a worldwide webcast.
Experts from around the world made an appeal to the G7 world leaders, who will meet in Hiroshima on May 19–21, to ask Chinese President Xi Jinping to halt his ongoing project of colonial boarding schools in Tibet. The experts made their appeal in New Delhi, Milan, London, and Dharamshala on March 31. They expressed grave concerns about the constantly deteriorating human rights situation in Chinese-occupied Tibet. In a worldwide webcast discussing the topic “China’s Colonial Practices and Threat to the Cultural Identity of Tibet,” numerous human rights concerns recently brought up by the UN Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights were thoroughly discussed. (CESCR).
The Tibetan Youth Congress and the Centre for Himalayan Asia Studies and Engagement (CHASE) mutually arranged the webcast, which took place on March 31st evening. (TYC). John Jones, the Policy and Research Manager of “Free-Tibet” in the United Kingdom, Marco Respinti, a senior Italian journalist and Director-in-Charge of “Bitter Winter,” a multilingual newspaper on religion from Milan, and Ms. Rinzin Choedon, the National Director of “Students for a Free Tibet India” from Dharamshala were the experts who took part in this webinar. The webinar’s co-host and joint secretary, Tsering Chomphel, gave the vote of gratitude, and a security and international affairs expert, Prof. (Ms.) Aaayushi Ketkar of the Special Centre for National Security Studies at JNU, moderated the question-and-answer period. The seminar was conducted by CHASE Chairman and seasoned Tibetologist Vijay Kranti.
Rinzin Choedon concentrated particularly on the ongoing Chinese effort to compel Tibetan children to enroll in a network of private schools built and managed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) throughout Tibet. The Chinese Communist Party is deliberately using these institutions to corrupt the entire new generation of Tibetans with the goal of eliminating Tibet’s very identity. More than a million Tibetan children have already been forcefully removed from their homes and placed in these institutions. Because it has the ability to totally eradicate a rich culture that belongs to the entire world, this is a worry not only for the people of Tibet but for all of humankind, she said. She continued, “We Tibetans and allies of Tibet have been pressing this problem on different venues for some time. I take notice of the foreign worries being expressed on some stages of the United Nations and some parliaments. It is encouraging to see that some UN-affiliated human rights organizations are now bringing up this subject.
The process of eradicating Tibetan identity has acquired particular impetus, according to Rinzin, since President Xi Jinping took office. “The process of destroying Tibetan culture and identity has already been going on in Tibet for decades,” he said. Unfortunately, under President Xi’s leadership, this effort has grown more contentious.
On March 6th, the Committee on Economic, Social, and Cultural Rights of the United Nations (CESCR) released its most current report, which Marco Respinti gave a thorough study of. He drew attention to a number of grave issues raised by the CESCR, including the forced relocation of Tibetan nomadic herders, the closure of Tibetan language schools that had been operating on a voluntary basis, a massive campaign to eradicate Tibetan culture and language, the Sinicization of Tibetan society, particularly through the imposition of the coerced boarding school system on Tibetan children, and the suppression of other human rights of Tibetans. In response to the Chinese government’s rejection of these CESCR allegations and labeling them as “lies,” he stated, “Over the last few years, the CCP’s stance has actually become quite untenable even for the most pro-PRC zealot. In actuality, it is difficult to conceal the CCP’s wrongdoings. Even the CCP frequently altered its account of its own offenses. However, the inability to conceal objective truths has also had a significant impact on PRC’s responses. Bullying both its captives and its opponents, the PRC today largely reacts to charges by asking, “So what?And that’s really concerning.
In order to emphasize the Chinese government’s uncompromising stance toward such results from international organizations, Marco said, “The CCP will continue to threaten and persecute Tibet’s cultural identity unless the world has a way to halt it. As a spectator, I am unable to advise which strategies the world should use to pressure the PRC to behave more humanely. I can only speculate that Tibetans and other peoples will continue to travel their own pathways of misery until the world finds it more advantageous to trade with the PRC’s power or revere the CCP’s hybrids.
The continuing blood testing and DNA collection of the Tibetan people in Tibet by the Chinese authorities was specifically brought up by John Jones, a longtime China observer who also closely monitors the human rights situation in Tibet. He described the effort being run by his organization, “Free-Tibet,” in Britain and numerous other Tibet support organizations throughout Europe and the USA to prevent the American firm Thermo Fisher Scientific from providing DNA testing tools to the Chinese police force. “We are currently actively addressing and educating the employees of this business about the risks associated with this type of widespread monitoring for the Tibetan community. Our effort aims to awaken employees’ consciences and persuade this business to refrain from supporting the Chinese government’s barbaric act, the guy said.
John brought up the expertise of Dr. Gyal Lo, a well-known Tibetan advocate. In describing his own family’s experience, Dr. Gyal Lo said, “He saw how within three months of being sent to a residential nursery, children started to talk to each other only in Chinese, despite having been reared speaking Tibetan. John expressed relief that the topic of China’s colonial boarding schools in Tibet was now being discussed on international platforms, saying, “It is heartening to see that news magazines like Time and Newsweek and UN bodies have started taking up this issue.” The participants supported John’s appeal to the world leaders who are going to participate in the upcoming G-7 summit to take action.