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Open letter from Chinese Civil Society Organizations to the President of the United Nations Human Rights Council

Updated: Jan 26, 2024

Dear President of the UN Human Rights Council,

  As a crucial organ of the United Nations General Assembly aimed at promoting and protecting human rights, the Human Rights Council plays a pivotal role in advancing global human rights development. We sincerely admire this role and express high appreciation for your commitment to upholding guiding principles such as universality, impartiality, objectivity, non-selectivity, as well as constructive international dialogue and cooperation in your work.

We have noticed, over the past period, organizations including the so-called International Federation for Human Rights, International Campaign for Tibet(Xizang) and Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, have been using the platform of the Human Rights Council to spread false information and cause trouble on a large scale, with the purpose of attacking and smearing China. They fabricated lies such as "colonial boarding school system" "repression of Tibetan Buddhism" "systematic attacks on the Tibetan language" "limit the rights to freedom of opinion and expression and freedom of peaceful association and assembly" "denial of the legal rights of detainees and prisoners" "torture and other forms of ill-treatment", attempting to manipulate the Human Rights Council into making biased statements on the issue of Xizang, inciting other countries to attack and criticize China. These practices of distorting right and wrong completely ignore the history and reality of Xizang, disregarding the tremendous achievements in the development of human rights in Xizang, lacking basic objectivity and truthfulness. Once successful, it will significantly impact the credibility of the Human Rights Council, seriously disrupt the enthusiasm and expectations of normal participation by countries worldwide and global NGOs in the working mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, greatly harm the sentiments of the 1.4 billion people in China, including Xizang, and severely misguide the global populace's accurate understanding and international public opinion of Xizang. We strongly oppose the maliciously fabricated and baseless accusations, object to the politicization, instrumentalization, and stigmatization of human rights in Xizang.

In today's Xizang, governments at all levels and people of all ethnicities are making efforts to promote political stability, social harmony, economic development, national unity, religious harmony, rule of law, and ecological well-being. They are working to ensure more comprehensive protection of basic human rights. The people of Xizang have firsthand experiences of these efforts, and many foreign media outlets that have visited Xizang have also provided extensive and objective coverage.

Rumors originate from schemers, thrive among the foolish, and cease with the wise. We strongly urge the Human Rights Council to remember the original intention and mission of establishing the universal periodic review mechanism, eliminate confusing noises, prevent lies and false accusations impacting the Council's consideration of significant human rights issues with genuine practical significance. We call for the respect of legitimate information provided by member states and the making of objective, rational, and fair judgments.

Chongqing Centre for Equal Social Development

China Society for Human Rights Studies

China Foundation For Human Rights Development

China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture

China Tibetology Research Center

High-level Tibetan Buddism College of China

Xizang's Academy of Social Science

Xizang Academy of Agricultural and Animal Husbandry Sciences

Tibet University

Xizang Minzu University

University of Xizang Medicine

Xizang Agriculture and Animal Husbandry University

Women's Federation of Xizang Autonomous Region

Xizang Federation of Literary and Art Circles

Xizang Autonomous Region Federation of Industry and Commerce

Xizang Branch of China Buddhist Association

Xizang Disabled Persons' Federation

Internet Society of Xizang

Xizang Youth Development Foundation

Xizang Autonomous Region Women's Development Association

Xizang Starlight Social Work Service Center

South Asia Research Center of Sichun University

Human Rights Law Research Center of Sichuan University

Pan-Himalayan Communication Research Center of University of Electronic Science and Technology of China

Sichuan Normal University China Western Frontier Research Institute

Southwest Minzu University Tibetan-Qiang-Yi Corridor Research Base for Fostering a Stronger Sense of the Chinese Nation as One Community

Research Centre for Fostering a Stronger Sense of the Chinese Nation as One Community

Aba Vocational College

Aba Teachers College

Ganzi Vocational College

Sichuan Architecture Industry Chamber of Commerce

Sichuan Chuanlian Retail Industry Chamber of Commerce

Sichuan Tourism Chamber of Commerce

Sichuan Chuanlian Agricultural Industrialization Leading Enterprise Association

Sichuan Chuanlian Sports Industry Chamber of Commerce

Sichuan Cultural Industry Chamber of Commerce

Sichuan Landscape Industry Association

Sichuan Chuanlian SME Chamber of Commerce

Aba Teachers College Non-party Intellectuals Association

Yunnan University

Kunming University of Science and Technology

Yunnan University of Finance and Economics

Yunnan Agricultural University

Yunnan Normal University

Southwest Forestry University

Dali University

Kunming University

Yunnan Province Association For Southeast Asian Studies

Yunnan National Unity Progress Association

Yunnan Youth Development Foundation

Yunnan Alternative Development Association

Yunnan Charity Federation

Institute for Central Asian Studies Lanzhou University

Research Center of Northwest Minority Education Development, Northwest Normal University

Gansu National Unity and Progress of the Cause of Innovation and Wisdom of the Treasury

Gansu Institute of Silk Road Economic Studies

New Urbanization Construction and Research Center for PrecisionPoverty Alleviation in Minority Areas of Gansu

Research Center of Ecological Construction and Environmental Protection

The Research Center for Modern Agriculture and Rural Social Integration Development in Gansu Province

Gansu Traditional Chinese Medicine Culture Inheritance and Development Research Think Tank

Research Center for Rural Governance and Development-Oriented Poverty Alleviation of Lanzhou Jiaotong University

Key Laboratory of Digital Protection Technology Research Intangible Cultural Heritage

Qinghai University

Qinghai Minzu University

Qinghai Normal University

Qinghai Open University

Qinghai Association for Science and Technology

Qinghai Disabled Persons' Federation

Qinghai Provincial Federation of Literature and Art Circles

Red Cross Society of Qinghai

Qinghai Provincial Federation of Industry and Commerce

Qinghai Federation of Trade Unions

Qinghai Provincial Women's Federation

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