Posted on November 6, 2018
Today, at China’s third Universal Periodic Review at the United Nations, 13 member states stood up for Tibet, including Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, France, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Nine of these states (Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, France, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United States) made recommendations on Tibet.
Tibetan former political prisoner Golog Jigme joined the Tibet Advocacy Coalition team on the ground saying,
“Today, is a critical moment for Tibetans in Tibet who have lived under China’s occupation for nearly 70 years. China would like the world to continue to ignore its abuses in Tibet, but 13 countries have taken a stand for human rights in Tibet, and more will follow. Although Tibet is under lockdown, the Tibetan people’s concerns have been heard here today.”
As part of the UN Tibet Advocacy Coalition, SFT has engaged in UN advocacy work for the past five years. With your support, we have urged diplomats from around the world to raise Tibet to build pressure on Beijing to address its failed policies and back down from its vicious campaign of violence against Tibetans. Today’s victory for Tibet reaffirms our belief that our presence at the UN is working in countering the Chinese government’s lies and in holding them accountable. When we stand as a united front, there is no stopping us!
Together, Tibetans, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians, Taiwanese, Hong Kongers, and Chinese democracy activists are taking a strong stance against Xi Jinping’s dictatorship.
There is still a lot of work ahead of us, but through the combined efforts of the Coalition members and supporters, we know we can continue to secure strong action for Tibet.