Human Rights and Democracy 2014-15

China

This is one of 27 human rights priority countries included in the latest annual FCO Human Rights Report. Updates are published on the GOV.UK website every six months to highlight key human rights events in these countries, and to report on actions that the UK has taken.

Comments on the main report or updates can be made below. They will be monitored and moderated by staff at the Human Rights and Democracy Department at the FCO who will also try and answer as many questions as possible.

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20 comments on “China

  1. lsp says:

    ► Stop stating it “does not support Tibetan independence”. Note that it is not necessary to state such a policy in the human rights report, and is also contradictory to their stated goal of China ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which the first article states “All peoples have the right of self-determination.”

    ► Advocate Tibetan human rights by stating the UK “supports Tibetans right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression.”

    ► Expand the Tibet section in its annual human rights report, including highlighting more political prisoner cases and referencing external reports on Tibet such as Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World 2014”. Tibet issues should also be referenced in other sections. For example, control of Buddhism under “Freedom of Religion” and the ban on community-run Tibetan language classes under “Civil Society”.

  2. John Turnbull says:

    I object strongly that the UK government chases money before the rights of Tibetans to self government and self determination. The UK will never ever be close to China, so turning a blind eye to the situation in Tibet is particularly galling. Some things in life should take precedence over company profits and this is one of them.

  3. Matthew Warman says:

    The Government of the United Kingdom needs to make perfectly clear and state that it supports Tibetan’s right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression and full Tibetan Independence.

  4. Tim Garside says:

    The UK government should Stop stating it “does not support Tibetan independence”. It is not necessary to state such a policy in the human rights report, and is also contradictory to their stated goal of China ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which the first article states “All peoples have the right of self-determination.”
    The UK government should advocate Tibetan human rights by stating the UK supports Tibetans’ right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression.
    The UK government should expand the Tibet section in its annual human rights report, including highlighting more political prisoner cases and referencing external reports on Tibet such as Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World 2014”. Tibet issues should also be referenced in other sections. For example, control of Buddhism under “Freedom of Religion” and the ban on community-run Tibetan language classes under “Civil Society”

  5. Peter Dorey says:

    Would you PLEASE STOP stating the UK Goverment “does not support Tibetan independence”.
    It is not necessary to state such a policy in the Human Rights report (why do it?), it is also contradictory to their stated goal of China ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which the first article states “All peoples have the right of self-determination.”

    In Addition most of the world is unaware that Tibet consists of U-Tsang, Amdo & Kham.

    The so called Tibetan Autonomous Region is only U-Tsang!
    1. U-Tsang is the 2 countries of U (དབུས=centre) & tsang (གཙང=west) united and where Lhasa is the capital.
    2. Amdo (ཨ༌མདོ) is the country where HH the 14th Dalai Lama was born, and no one would consider he is Chinese!
    3.Kham (ཁམས)is a country that many great teachers were born such as previous Karmapas (head of the Kagyu tradition).

    The UK actually supports Tibetans right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression.

    Occupied Tibet as is referred to us is how Europe would be if Adolf Hitler & his Nazis won WWII, it is that bad. The genocidal lebensraum policies of the Chinese Communist Party are anathema to many. As a free country we need to be very concerned with China who are building up their forces for a future war.
    The CCP have & will continue unabated to rape Tibet for resources and I would warn our great UK that appeasement never works.

  6. mrs m l phillips says:

    Human Rights at FCO

    Surely the FCO is making mockery of all it stands for.
    Tibet must be supported in self-determination as a part of China.
    Nothing less is any help to these great and brave
    people.
    Somehow those with voice must persuade China
    that “face”would be redeemed in the eyes of the
    world by a wonderful change of attitude from the
    top.
    Most Chinese people are human too after all!

  7. Lyn Farrell says:

    Stop stating it “does not support Tibetan independence”. Note that it is not necessary to state such a policy in the human rights report, and is also contradictory to their stated goal of China ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which the first article states “All peoples have the right of self-determination.”

    ► Advocate Tibetan human rights by stating the UK “supports Tibetans right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression.”

    ► Expand the Tibet section in its annual human rights report, including highlighting more political prisoner cases and referencing external reports on Tibet such as Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World 2014”. Tibet issues should also be referenced in other sections. For example, control of Buddhism under “Freedom of Religion” and the ban on community-run Tibetan language classes under “Civil Society”.

  8. Lee Billingham says:

    Please stop stating that the UK government does not support Tibetan independence – this is a human rights report and therefore it is unnecessary and contradictory to the stated goal of China ratifying the international covenant of civil and political rights in which the first article states that all people have the right to self determination. This does the Tibetan People a great disservice by blatent appeasement of China. To not respect and reward the peaceful struggle of Tibetans is to condone violence and oppression and abandon admiration for peace and the values our government should be striving to uphold whilst conducting business with China.

  9. terry hindson says:

    Please note the following comments regarding Tibet. Stop stating it “does not support Tibetan independence”. Note that it is not necessary to state such a policy in the human rights report, and is also contradictory to their stated goal of China ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which the first article states “All peoples have the right of self-determination.”

    · Advocate Tibetan human rights by stating the UK “supports Tibetans right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression.”

    · Expand the Tibet section in its annual human rights report, including highlighting more political prisoner cases and referencing external reports on Tibet such as Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World 2014”. Tibet issues should also be referenced in other sections. For example, control of Buddhism under “Freedom of Religion” and the ban on community-run Tibetan language classes under “Civil Society”.

  10. Jahque PR says:

    ► Stop stating it “does not support Tibetan independence”. Note that it is not necessary to state such a policy in the human rights report, and is also contradictory to their stated goal of China ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which the first article states “All peoples have the right of self-determination.”

    ► Advocate Tibetan human rights by stating the UK “supports Tibetans right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression.”

    ► Expand the Tibet section in its annual human rights report, including highlighting more political prisoner cases and referencing external reports on Tibet such as Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World 2014”. Tibet issues should also be referenced in other sections. For example, control of Buddhism under “Freedom of Religion” and the ban on community-run Tibetan language classes under “Civil Society”.

  11. Philip R. Salmon says:

    Dear Sir,
    I advocate Tibetan Human Rights and ask you to stop “it does not support Tibetan Independence”, and expand the Tibetan section in its human rights report.

    Thanking you,

    Philip R. Salmon.

  12. Steve Gilbert says:

    Why did you state that you do not support Tibetan independence? Tibetans human rights are not respected by the occupying power of China. Tibetans have the right to self determination

  13. Sylvia Jordan says:

    As a long-standing supporter of the right of the Tibetan people to self-determination and retention of cultural, linguistic and religious identity, I call on the UK government to :-
    1. Stop stating it “does not support Tibetan independence”, as it is not necessary to state such a policy in the human rights report, and is also contradictory to their stated goal of China ratifying the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in which the first article states “All peoples have the right of self-determination.”

    2. Advocate Tibetan human rights by stating the UK “supports Tibetans right to self-determination and their right to freedom of expression.”

    3. Expand the Tibet section in its annual human rights report, including highlighting more political prisoner cases and referencing external reports on Tibet such as Freedom House’s “Freedom in the World 2014”. Tibet issues should also be referenced in other sections. For example, control of Buddhism under “Freedom of Religion” and the ban on community-run Tibetan language classes under “Civil Society”.

  14. Steve Burgess says:

    I am dismayed to read in the Government’s annual human rights report that it does not support Tibetan independence. This seems to be an attempt to appease the Chinese government, and I feel very strongly that in the UK we should support the Tibetan people’s right for self determination. Tibet should be considered as an independent nation.

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      Thank you for all the comments so far on this page.

      As set out in the Report, the UK’s position on Tibet remains unchanged. But the Report also makes very clear that we continue to hold serious concerns about the human rights situation there, including in particular relating to freedom of expression and ethnic minority rights. We continually monitor and report on our range of concerns. And we raise them regularly, both with the Chinese authorities and in multilateral fora, such as the UN Human Rights Council. The UK also continues to press China to abide by international human rights standards, including setting a clear timetable for its ratification of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights.

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  17. John Groves says:

    I am glad the UK Government continues to engage China to help bring about a restoration of human rights in Tibet, but I regret that we do not recognise Tibet as a sovereign, independant country.

  18. The British Government define extremism as: “vocal or active
    opposition to fundamental British values, including democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs. The Chinese Communist Government fails on all these. I would therefore like to see the Chinese Government labelled as ‘Extremist’ in future editions of this report.

    1. FCO Human Rights says:

      As stated in our report, we are concerned by the human rights situation in China. Our particular concerns lie in restrictions to freedom of expression, freedom of religion or belief, ethnic minority rights and shrinking civil society space. We continue to raise our concerns with China as part of our wider relationship, and do so in detail at the annual UK-China Human Rights Dialogue.

      We noted the outcome of China’s Fourth Plenum with interest. We welcomed President Xi’s commitment to move to a more independent, transparent and professional legal system, and the further commitment that by 2020 China will be ruled according to the law. Implementation is of course imperative.