Over 2 million Tibetans relocated by China

2013-06-28 08:09
A policeman detains a Tibetan activist outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi. (Manan Vatsyayana, AFP)

A policeman detains a Tibetan activist outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi. (Manan Vatsyayana, AFP)

Multimedia   ·   User Galleries   ·   News in Pictures Send us your pictures  ·  Send us your stories

Beijing - More than two million Tibetans in China have been forced to change homes or relocate in a government-sponsored programme that is damaging their traditional culture and rural lifestyle, a human rights monitoring group said.

"The scale and speed at which the Tibetan rural population is being remodelled by mass rehousing and relocation policies are unprecedented in the post-Mao era," Sophie Richardson, China director for Human Rights Watch, said in a release accompanying the report.

"Tibetans have no say in the design of policies that are radically altering their way of life, and - in an already highly repressive context - no ways to challenge them," she added.

Citing Chinese official figures, the report, entitled "'They Say We Should Be Grateful': Mass Rehousing and Relocation in Tibetan Areas of China", said that two million people "were moved into new houses or rebuilt their own houses between 2006 and 2012".

The number of people affected accounted for "more than two-thirds of the entire population" of the Tibetan Autonomous Region (Tar), it said.

Additionally, "hundreds of thousands of nomadic herders" in Tibetan regions outside the Tar, such as in Qinghai province - which lies in the eastern portion of the massive Tibetan plateau - were "relocated or resettled", said the report, released on Thursday.

Sedentarization

Citing China's 2010 census, it said there were about 6.2 million ethnic Tibetans living in China, with 2.7 million of them in the Tar, the group said.

"A chief aspect of the policy regarding herder communities, and one that upsets many Tibetans because of its impact on Tibetan culture, is that many of those rehoused or relocated have been sedentarized, moved off the land and into permanent structures," the report said.

New York-based Human Rights watch said that it interviewed 114 Tibetans outside China over a seven-year period from March 2005 to June last year in compiling the 116-page report.

According to Human Rights Watch, the report cites violations such as lack of consultation and proper compensation, quality defects in housing and the disregard for autonomy rights in Tibetan areas

The Chinese government blasted the report.

"The organisation you mentioned often criticises China wilfully and makes groundless statements," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing on Thursday in response to a question. "I would not read seriously their reports, nor would I make any comments here," she added.

"It is an undeniable fact that Tibet has made huge development and progress on all fronts including politics, economics and society in recent decades."

Read more on:    hrw  |  china  |  tibet
NEXT ON NEWS24X
SHARE:

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
3 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining
 

Inside News24

 
/Africa
 

This is why you should install iOS 8

Check out this video to see what iOS 8 has in store for you!

 
 

For chic geeks...

It’s THIS easy for someone to steal your ATM pin!
17 photo illusions that look so real
Check out the speed of this robo-cheetah!
New GIF keyboard on iOS for added fun!

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Pre-order your iPhone 6 at kalahari.com

Hurry and pre-order your own iPhone 6 now at SA’s favourite online store!

Bargain box – 60% off

Reduced prices, very limited stock. While stocks last. Hurry and shop now!

Mind blow low prices on electronics

Get either the Prestigio multiphone or Proline tablet 7” tablet for only R699. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now!

30% off Barbie toys

Save 30% on all Barbie toys and accessories. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Baby extravanganza month at kalahari.com

Celebrate baby month with a wide range of awesome baby products. Offers valid while stocks last. Shop now.

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

Horoscopes
Aquarius
Aquarius

Don`t judge so quickly or expect too much, be more accepting and understanding and make space for fun and spontaneity. ...read more

There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.