International human rights watchdog paints grim picture of Tibet

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Dharamsala
  • Updated: Mar 01, 2015 19:01 IST

Amnesty International, a non-governmental organisation that focuses on human rights, has expressed concern over critical human rights situation in Tibet.

On February 25, the NGO released an annual report document of state of human rights in 160 countries and territories, including China occupied Tibet during the 2014.

In the section on Tibet under sub-head China, the report states that ethnic Tibetan continue to face discrimination and restriction on their rights to freedom of religious belief, expression and peaceful assembly.

The over 400-page annual report was released on February 25.

“Several Tibetan monastic leaders, writers, protesters and activists were also detained, the report said,” said the report, which also reports some key events in Tibet in the year 2011.

In August, the report reads, Tibetan demonstrators were reportedly shot by police and security forces in Kardze in Sichuan Province, where a crowd had gathered to protest against the detention of a village leader.

At least four demonstrators died from due to injuries and one protester committed suicide in detention, it added.

Giving an account of the spat of self- immolation protests sweeping across Tibet since 2009, the report stated that as many as seven people set themselves on fire in parts of Tibet in 2014, protesting against repressive policies by the authorities and two of them died.

“The number of known self-immolations since March 2011 rose to 131,” the report said, adding that authorities targeted relatives and friends of those who self-immolated for allegedly “inciting” or “abetting” such acts.

It revealed that in certain parts family members of self-immolators, or those who were sympathetic towards exile spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, were barred from senior positions or from standing as candidates in village elections.

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