The human rights situation in Tibet remains alarming today as the policies of the Chinese Communist Party threaten the core of Tibetan identity and the rights of six million Tibetans.
Under President Xi Jinping in particular, Tibet has been transformed into a police state, whose widespread control and surveillance measures are now being replicated in Xinjiang. The rights of Tibetans to participate in religious activities, to travel and to access information continue to be severely limited, as do their rights to enjoy a healthy environment and to study in their native language. And a significant number of activists, writers, and human rights defenders have been arbitrarily detained, tortured, or disappeared simply for expressing concerns about Chinese ethnic or religious policies.
According to the ranking of the organization Freedom House, and for the second year in a row, Tibet is the least free country on Earth, tied with South Sudan and Syria.
Below are a few examples of human rights violations taking place in Tibet today:

  • Boarding school system: Over 1 million Tibetan children have been separated from their families, language and culture at China’s coercive state-run boarding schools in Tibet. These schools target the most vulnerable and impressionable minds and seek to make them loyal followers of the CCP. The goal is to sever the Tibetan way of life and cement China’s control over Tibet.
  • Restrictions to religious freedom: Religious practice remains criminalized in most parts of Tibet, where you can be arrested simply for keeping a photo of the Dalai Lama. Civil servants and children are barred from visiting religious sites or participating in religious activities, and authorities routinely cancel Buddhist festivals.
  • Resettlement of Tibetan nomads: XXXXXXXXX
  • Arbitrary detention, enforced disappearances, torture: Tibetans who advocate for the preservation of Tibet's culture, environment and the fundamental rights and freedoms of their fellow Tibetans face increasing risk in carrying out their work. They are commonly subjected to harassment, enforced disappearances and torture and ill-treatment, before being prosecuted and sentenced on the basis of trumped-up or vague and overbroad charges such as "inciting to split the nation", “endangering national security” or “provoking troubles” aimed at silencing them. A prominent example is the case of Tashi Wangchuk, who was sentenced in May 2018 to five years imprisonment for his efforts to protect the right of Tibetans to speak and learn their mother tongue. Condemned on false charges of ‘inciting separatism’, he has in fact done nothing more than defending rights which are protected by the Chinese constitution and international law, and his sentencing was a clear violation of his right to freedom of opinion and expression. Tashi Wangchuk was released in 2021 but remains under surveillance by Chinese authorities.As a result of the continued attacks against their rights, culture, identity and lifestyle of their people, over 150 Tibetans have self-immolated in Tibet and China since February 2009, in one of the biggest waves of self-immolation as political protest globally in the past 60 years.

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