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The far east: Tibetan children forced to assimilate, independent rights experts fearfulness

Special Rapporteurs are appointed with the UN Individual Rights Council in Geneva to monitor plus report on thematic problems or specific country situations.  

Erosion associated with identity 

“As a result, Tibetan children are losing their service with their native language and the ability to connect easily with their parents and grandparents within the Tibetan language, which plays a part in their assimilation and chafing of their identity, ” these people added.     They operate in their individual capacities and so are independent from any federal government or organization.   Authorities schools also do not give substantive study of Tibetan language, history and culture.   Nationally, the portion of students boarding much more than 20 per cent, but the experts said information they will received, points to the majority of Tibetan children being in these institutions, nearly a single million.  

School quantities increasing 

“This call re-affirmed the idea of building a modern and strong socialist State based on a single Chinese national identity, ” they said.   While residential schools exist in other areas of China, their share within areas with Tibetan minority populations is much higher, and this percentage has been increasing recently.   The experts recalled that in August 2021, China’s Central Conference on Ethnic Affairs called on all ethnic organizations to be guided to consistently place the interests of the nation, above all else.  

Far from home 

Residential schools supply educational content and an environment centred around Han tradition, according to the independent experts: Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues ; Farida Shaheed, Special Rapporteur on the right to education , and Alexandra Xanthaki, Special Rapporteur in neuro-scientific cultural rights .   These policies run as opposed to the prohibition of elegance and the rights of the Tibetan people to education, linguistic plus cultural rights, freedom of religion or belief, and they also represent a reversal of measures that were more inclusive or accommodating.   “We are alarmed by what appears to be a policy of pressured assimilation of the Tibetan identity into the major Han-Chinese majority, through a number of oppressive actions against Tibetan educational, religious and linguistic institutions, ” they added.  

Suppression and persecution 

They said children from the Tibetan minority are forced to complete the “compulsory education” curriculum within the Mandarin Chinese language, or Putonghua, with no access to traditional or even culturally-relevant learning.   The experts published to the Chinese language Government in November and remain in contact with the authorities regarding the issue.   The increase has been attained through shutting rural schools in areas that are usually populated by Tibetans, changing them with township or county-level schools where teaching plus communications are almost exclusively in Putonghua (standard Mandarin), and students are usually needed to board.   “In this context, initiatives to promote Tibetan language and culture are reportedly being suppressed, and individuals suggesting for Tibetan language plus education are persecuted. ”  “We are extremely disturbed that in recent years the residential school system meant for Tibetan children appears to behave as a mandatory large-scale programme meant to assimilate Tibetans into vast majority Han culture, contrary to worldwide human rights standards, ” they said in a statement .  

Part of UN Rapporteurs 

The experts also had been concerned about a reported significant increase in the number of residential universities operating in and outside the Tibet Autonomous Region, and the number of Tibetan children residing in them.   They may not be UN staff and do not receive payment for their work.   “Many residential schools are situated far from the family homes of college students boarding in them, ” professionals continued.  


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