Tibet is not about human rights says Chinese diplomat

June 7th, 2008 - 1:56 pm ICT by ANI  

New Delhi, June 7 (ANI): The Tibet issue is an internal issue of China concerning its sovereignty, said Qian Bo, Counsellor Chinese Mission to the UN Office in Geneva, in a session of the UN Human Rights Council.

According to Xinhua, the Tibet issue is not an ethnic issue, not a religious issue, nor a human rights issue, but an issue either to safeguard national unification or to split the motherland, Bo said in Geneva on Friday.

Bo was addressing a regular session of the UN Human Rights Council, during which some delegates made biased comments on the human rights situation in Tibet.

The comments were “an evident act of politicising human rights and practicing double standards,” said Bo.

He also stressed that the human rights situation in Tibet had improved continuously since its peaceful liberation in 1951.

Tibetans are now enjoying full religious freedom and their traditional culture has also been carried forward, Bo added.

The diplomat stressed that the violent crimes committed in March in Lhasa, the capital of southwest China’s Tibet Autonomous Region, were masterminded and incited by the Dalai clique aimed at splitting the motherland.

The riot has nothing to do with human rights, so China cannot accept any unreasonable accusations, he said.

The diplomat also urged the Human Rights Council to avoid politicising human rights and remove double standards in order to maintain its prestige and credibility. (ANI)

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