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US lawmakers seek UN probe into China’s forced placement of Tibetan children in state-run schools

Two US lawmakers have called on the United Nations to probe Chinese authorities’ forced placement of Tibetan children in state-run seminaries where they’re separated from their families in a shot to reduce contact with their native language and culture, according to a media report.

In a letter to Volker Turk, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative Jim McGovern said around 80 percent of Tibetan children are now being transferred to Chinese boarding seminaries where they’re tutored a” largely politicized class”, RFA reported.

” We see this system as performing in serious mortal rights violations and artistic and verbal erasure,” Merkely and McGovern wrote as chair and co-chair, respectively, of the bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China, the report said.

” Tibetan parents are frequently faced with no choice but to shoot their children to domestic seminaries because of academy closures and connections, in some cases accompanied by forfeitures or pitfalls for resistance,” the two Assemblywomen wrote, citing a 2021 report released by the Tibet Action Institute, or valve.

The report also notes” high rates of internal and emotional torture” among Tibetan scholars transferred to Chinese state- run domestic seminaries, Merkely and McGovern wrote.

” We believe these actions by the Chinese authorities constitute a fundamental violation of the rights of Tibetan parents and children by interfering with their right to preserve the integrity of their family units and stripping them of their right to choose the educational direction of their children.”

Speaking to RFA, Tenzin Lekshey, prophet for Tibet’s India- grounded exile government– Central Tibetan Administration– said China’s boarding seminaries in Tibet” target and exploit nonages, especially Tibetans who are designedly cut off from learning their mama lingo, culture and religion”.

” The Central Tibetan Administration appreciates and is thankful to the US Congress for seeking United Nations disquisition on forced family separations in Tibet,” Lekshey said.
The Chinese government has now also prioritised the tutoring of Mandarin Chinese in numerous daycare centers in Tibet, added Tenzin Nyiwoe, a experimenter at the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy grounded out of Dharamsala in India, RFA reported.

still, this won’t only( help) China’s attempt to annihilate the Tibetan language, but will also cover the mortal rights of the Tibetan people,” If the United Nations can deliver a thorough disquisition into these programs and juggernauts and release a report on the urgency of this situation. So the concern expressed by the US Congress is veritably significant,” Nyiwoe said.

Language rights have come a particular focus for sweats in recent times to assert public identity in Tibet, a formerly independent Himalayan country that was raided and incorporated into China by force more than 70 times agone.

Informally organised language courses in the cloisters and municipalities are routinely supposed” illegal associations”, with preceptors subject to detention and arrest, sources said, RFA reported.

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