Tibet Chapter

Tibet has been occupied and ruled over by China since 1951. The Chinese government is using “a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of Tibet’s national and cultural identities" and thus this has also been called ‘A CULTURAL GENOCIDE’.

Tibetans have fewer civil and political rights than the people in mainland China. The Chinese government enforces its control on Tibet through the use of arbitrary detentions and punishments. At times it even uses brutal force. The judiciary is so arbitrary that any act deemed to threaten the government’s rule can be called a criminal offence. Tibetans are under constant monitoring by the Chinese authorities. They live under surveillance of heavily armed police personnel. Their freedom of speech and expression is curtailed. They are not permitted to establish any contact with the outside world and compatriots in exile. The Tibetan nomads have been forced to relocate to distant locations which are completely cut off from the city. Their lands have been forcibly acquired by the Chinese under the pretext of development and infrastructure building. Tibetans do not get adequate health care and are deprived of traditional Tibetan education. Women are subject to undergo forced sterilisation. Political prisoners are physically and psychologically tortured and are also deprived of their voting rights. Religious freedom does not exist in Tibet. Tibetan culture and language is under serious threat as Han Chinese population has grown in many Tibetan areas. China has even renamed Tibet and it is now called Xixang.

“Tibet Chapter” at the Indic researchers' forum will be a series of online conferences that will consist of interactive sessions designed to highlight the human rights violation in Tibet. Although human rights are limited across China, Tibetans are singled out for greater abuse because of their cultural and ethnic distinct identity. While China has long been known for its rigid political ecosystem, the conditions in Tibet are getting worse. Freedom House, an NGO based in the United States lists Tibet as the least-free country on Earth. The online conferences will aim to highlight arbitrary arrest, detention, torture, lack of freedom of speech and expression, lack of freedom of religion and discriminatory practices in Tibet.

The Tibetan people's right to freedom of speech are continually threatened by the presence of the world's most intrusive monitoring infrastructure in Tibet. Under Chinese policy, Tibetans in Tibet continue to endure harsh religious repression. The Chinese government has tightened its grip over Tibetan Buddhist institutions' administrative duties. The authorities target not just religious institutions, but also the general public, who are unable to avoid the state's religious persecution. They are not permitted to even carry photographs of their religious leaders. Any such material, if found, is confiscated and the person is arrested on false charges and then tortured in detention. Institutional discrimination continues to persist in China's occupied Tibet to this day. Uneven educational opportunities, restricted access to legal remedies, and uneven career options all seem to continue. Despite repeated calls from the international community, China continues to violate human rights in Tibet.

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