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Tibetans outraged at China's reelection to UNHRC

China along with 13 other countries was elected yesterday to the 47-member Geneva-based Council for a three-year term

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

Tibetans have expressed outrage at the reelection of to the UN Human Rights Council and demanded that the member states of the global body use this as an opportunity to hold accountable for its policies on that have led to over 120 self-immolations.

"China's re-to the UN Human Rights Council is the opposite of what one million people worldwide wanted, and denies the realities on the ground in Tibet, where urgent change is needed," said Tenzin Jigme of the Network.

"In the past four years, over 120 people have set themselves on fire in to protest the conditions there, yet has been allowed to walk onto the Human Rights Council as if nothing needs to change.

"Only yesterday the critical importance of urgent action on Tibet was again underlined when yet another Tibetan self-immolated; a young monk named Tsering Gyal," he said.

along with 13 other countries was elected yesterday to the 47-member Geneva-based Council for a three-year term.

"One million people know this isn't right - UN General Assembly members should be ashamed of this outcome, which makes a mockery of the Human Rights Council," alleged Iona Liddell of Tibet Justice Center.

"In order to redress this injustice, UN member states must unite for Tibet and hold China to account for its human rights violations. From now on China must be made to demonstrate its commitment to human rights as a Council member at every opportunity," he said.

China will only be moved on Tibet when world governments clearly speak up in unison, said Tenzin Dolkar of Students for a Free Tibet.

"We will now take the voices of a million people to our capitals and demand that they ensure China doesn't turn the Human Rights Council into a puppet show for violators. Our governments must spare no effort in following through with the recommendations made on Tibet during China's recent Universal Periodic Review," he said.

In the run-up to the UN vote, Tibet advocates from around the world lobbied Foreign Ministries and New York-based diplomats and delivered a massive petition from online advocacy organisation Avaaz, signed by over one million supporters, to 193 UN Missions.

Yesterday, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in New York accepted the petition while Tibet activists held a visual demonstration of a Tibetan monk being savagely beaten by Chinese guards in front of the UN headquarters as a reminder to delegates arriving for the of the human rights atrocities taking place inside Tibet.

First Published: Wed, November 13 2013. 16:59 IST