Through museums and other cultural institutions, China is attempting to validate its claim to Tibet: Report

According to Tibet Rights Collective, China is attempting to exploit museums and other cultural institutions in the area to support its claim to Tibet.

China is attempting to advance a specific Chinese account of Tibetan history and culture. The so-called Tibet Museum in Lhasa city, according to Tibet Rights Collective, advertises itself as a “36 meters high building with 1100 windows and exhibitions on Tibetan folk culture, customs of living, Tibetans’ eating habits, costumes, textiles, and residential areas.”

On October 5, 1999, the Tibet Museum was formally inaugurated to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “The PRC’s Economic Reform in Tibet.”

The 17-point Treaty between Tibet and China was signed in 1951, and the museum’s exhibition narratives attempted to emphasize this as well as to support the historical validity of ceding Tibet to China, according to The Tibet Rights Collective.

It included collections of artifacts, including official papers and presents given and received by Tibetan authorities and Chinese Han Dynasty officials.

A “memorial hall” to “display the photos and items from the serfdom era” was established by the Communist Party of China (CCP) in 2021.

The Potala Palace, once His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama’s winter residence, has also been turned into a museum. The palace has been reduced to a spectacle with approximately 800 sensors planted all around it, several monitoring equipment, and nine kilometers of fiber optic connections inside.

According to Tibet Rights Collective, the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) has questioned China about the plight of Tibetan women in Tibet.

The rights and welfare of Tibetan women have attracted the attention of the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, which is in charge of monitoring the Convention’s implementation.

Members of CEDAW recently met to discuss China’s treatment of Tibetan women and to clarify a number of issues. According to Tibet Rights Collective, the bulk of the committee’s queries centered on issues like as gender equality, access to healthcare and education, political participation, and the preservation of religious and cultural rights for Tibetan women living in Tibet.

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