The Tibet Bureau in Geneva has expressed concern over the situation in Tibet and called on China to address the underlying grievances of Tibetans by respecting Tibetan people’s historical, social and cultural roots.
The UN Advocacy Officer Kalden Tsomo from the Tibet Bureau Geneva told the UN Forum on minority issues that Tibetan people are facing the imposition of social structural and demographic change; lack of opportunity to acquire knowledge on Tibetan history, culture and traditions; and lack of employment opportunity in Tibet.
“These have led to a cycle of conflicts and protests, including self-immolation protests by over 155 Tibetans in Tibet,” she said.
Kalden highlighted recent closure of several Tibetan medium schools and other informal Tibetan language classes.
She cited the recent demolition of a school attached to Drago monastery by the local government in Kardze prefecture in China’s so-called Sichuan province two months ago.
“Job markets are increasingly dominated by a state-sponsored influx of Chinese into Tibetan areas, leaving local Tibetan college graduates with no job prospects,” she told the forum.
Another issue she raised was about the survival of Tibetan people’s culture, language and identity, and how Tibetans have been under severe threat against the backdrop of China’s ever-growing push to ‘sinicize’ the minority regions.
Tibet Bureau spokesperson also suggested a few recommendations for China to find a lasting solution, and called onto the Chinese Communist Party to enter into a meaningful dialogue with Tibetan representatives under the Middle Way Policy as envisioned by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.
Kalden Tsomo further urged the UN mandate holders to understand the complicated history of Tibet and the hardships faced by Tibetans under Chinese government.
The 14th Session of the UN Forum on minority issues was convened in hybrid format and focused on the root causes of contemporary conflicts involving minorities, legal and institutional frameworks; early prevention of conflicts; and initiatives to protect the rights of minorities better to prevent conflicts.
Tibet Bureau in Geneva addresses situation at UN Forum