Geneva: The Tibet Bureau in Geneva joined a panel to discuss violations of human rights by China and CCP’s growing expansionist agenda in India and across the world.
The virtual panel was jointly hosted by India based think tank- Law and Society Alliance and Defence Capital- in conjunction with the release of its study report titled “Mapping China’s Footprints and Influence Operations in India”, on 3 September 2021.
The panelists included the Tibet Bureau UN Advocacy Officer Kalden Tsomo; Director of World Uyghur Congress Chinese Affairs section IIshat Kokbore; Founder-Editor of the New India and a strategic affairs analyst Aarti Tikoo; Co-Founder & Vice President of Canadian Coalition Against Communism Ms.Sheng Xue and Director of Southern Mongolian Human Rights Information Center Enghebadu Togochog. Chairman of Law and Society Alliance Mr. N.C Bipindra moderated the discussion.
Participating in the panel, Tibet Bureau UN Advocacy Officer Kalden Tsomo uncovered China’s continued violation of human rights in Tibet. For over 60 years, Tibetans have suffered, been silenced and suppressed by the Chinese Communist Party. Enumerating the deteriorating situation in Tibet, in the name of security and stability, Tibetan children are denied from studying in their own mother tongue, keeping a photo of His Holiness the Dalai Lama is charged “separatist” and intellectuals, writers, singers, and human rights are labeled potential trouble makers. Due to stringent repressive policies and the absence of space for Tibetans to in taking any conventional form of protest against CCP’s repressive policies in Tibet, since 2009, over 155 Tibetans have set on fire calling for freedom and return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet. The deteriorating situation in Tibet continues to be concerning. Had the world heeds the voices of Tibetans, the human rights violations in Tibet and other regions under China could have been avoided, said Kalden Tsomo.
While commenting on a timely report examining China’s footprints and influences in India, Kalden said the report has significantly substantiated global discussion on China misusing its economic tools to navigate global discourse in favor of its expansionist agenda. For too long democratic nations, including India, have either not understood or simply ignored Beijing’s long arm stretching from the illegal occupation of Tibet, added Kalden. She called for concerted and collective efforts for protecting the universality of human rights by countering Beijing’s propaganda and disinformation.
Similarly, all other speakers have expressed concerns over ever-extending colonial moves by China. The panel called for policymakers and civil societies, media, and all services industries in India and across the world to be on the right side of history. To read the report, click here.