Happy Anniversary,Tibet

Oh, and good luck with that little foreign occupation problem you’ve got.

Next week on March 10th, Tibet will “celebrate” the 50th anniversary of the Lhasa uprising and the departure of the Dalai Lama into exile. The Chinese, as you can see here, are helping out with the festivities.

In recent weeks, the Chinese government significantly increased the number of security forces across Tibet. Beijing tightened already highly limited access for international media, sealed off monasteries, and imposed sweeping restrictions on movement with the extensive use of arbitrary detention as a tool of enforcement and intimidation.

Foreign media have been effectively barred from freely reporting in Tibetan areas (with the exception of several government-organized and controlled tours) since protests by monks and violence in the Tibetan capital Lhasa in March 2008. In April 2008, the Chinese government turned down a request from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Tibet on grounds that it was “inconvenient.” A separate appeal issued jointly by six UN special rapporteurs was similarly declined.

The UN High Commissioner?  Sounds like he’s right out of Gilbert and Sullivan to me. Might be more effective if he was.

Unsupervised human rights inspection of Tibet?  So not-going-to-happen.


One response to “Happy Anniversary,Tibet

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