Disappearances prevalent and commonplace in Tibet

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    Disappearances prevalent and commonplace in Tibet, says new report

    October 31: A new report on enforced disappearances in Tibet, titled ‘Into Thin Air – An Introduction to Enforced Disappearances in Tibet’ has said that disappearances are “prevalent and commonplace” for Tibetans living under Chinese rule.

    Dharamshala based rights group, Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy released the report on Tuesday, on the eve of the 98th session of the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances in Geneva, Switzerland.

    The introductory report and analysis on enforced disappearances in Tibet notes that enforced disappearance is a “serious international crime” that violates multiple human rights and fundamental freedoms enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other major international human rights instruments.

    “While there is a growing movement to ban enforced disappearances in any form or justification, the Chinese government has for the past many decades used enforced disappearances as a tool to suppress dissent and criticism, by disappearing and detaining incommunicado persons deemed threats to the PRC’s ‘unity’ and ‘stability,’” TCHRD said at the release of the report.

    “Security officers in Tibet, particularly the Public Security Bureau and the People’s Armed Police, use enforced disappearance to terrorize and intimidate the disappeared person, his or her family members, as well as the entire community.”

    In 2008, following the outbreak of major protests across the Tibetan plateau, the same group had reported that at least one thousand Tibetans had disappeared in a major surge in cases of enforced and involuntary disappearances in Tibet.

    The Chinese government continues to refuse from divulging any information on the exact number of arrests and detentions or how many it has sentenced to extrajudicial forms of detention, such as ‘Re-education Through Labour’ (Ch: Liaojiao).

    TCHRD notes that due to Chinese censorship and oppressive lockdown in Tibet, they have not been able to obtain more information or testimonies in order to write a fuller, more detailed report.

    “However, this report is a much-needed and important step in preserving and honouring the collective history and memory of the 'disappeared' Tibetans as well as the extended Tibetan community,” the rights group said. “In particular, it is aimed at informing the Tibetan community of the international legal standards on enforced disappearances.”

    In the year of the 20th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration for the protection of all persons against enforced disappearances, the Chair-Rapporteur of the WGEID, Olivier de Frouville, recently told the UN General Assembly that there are more than 42,000 cases still pending before the Working Group.

    “The Working Group is grateful for the cooperation received from a number of States, which is indispensable for discovering the fate and whereabouts of disappeared persons around the globe,” de Frouville said. “Nevertheless, it remains concerned that of more than 80 States with outstanding cases, some States have never replied to the Working Group’s communications while others provide responses that do not contain relevant information.”

    While noting that enforced disappearances regrettably continues to be used by some States as a tool to deal with situations of conflict or internal unrest, he further underscored the underreporting of disappearance cases in all regions of the world.

    TCHRD in its report recommended that China release all political dissidents and sign and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance. It also called on China to strengthen the protection of the Tibetan people’s religious, civil, socio-economic and political rights.

    The report further recommended the UNWGEID and the Special Rapporteur on Enforced Disappearances to conduct n in-country visit of China, focusing on Tibet and publish a report on the findings.

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    China believes in projecting a tranquil face to the world.

    It does not brook discordor dissidence.

    Therefore, removing elements who project a poor impression of China is quite normal, as is seen with the religious groups who are caught in the private Churches which are banned in China.

    They all go to the Laogai, which is reform through forced labour.

    Laogai requires prisoners since they are also fronts for cheap product manufacturing that engines Chinese export abroad and engines the Chinese economy.

    In this way, disappeared dissidents helps to make China the economic power house that China is and thus China kills two birds with one stone!

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