Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Steps to End Torture in Tibet

Academic journal article International Journal of Humanities and Peace

Steps to End Torture in Tibet

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Torture remains a widespread and systematic instrument of Chinese political repression in Tibet. Due to the overwhelming number of Tibetan refugees arriving in Nepal and India who have been victims of torture (and continue to suffer its traumatic psychological and physical effects,) the Tibetan Government-in-Exile (TGIE) in 1995 established a Torture Victims Rehabilitation Centre in Dharamsala, under the supervision of the TGIE Department of Health. The Center provides medical and psychological treatment and social support for victims of torture. It also trains health personnel in exile settlements on how to care for torture victims. The Center will remain at the Committee's disposal to provide further information on Tibetan torture victims. The "special environment that exists in Tibet," in particular its status as a de facto colony of China and the ongoing denial of the Tibetan peoples right to self-determination, creates conditions that place Tibetans at grave risk of torture. TGIE therefore urges the Committee to scrutinize China's compliance with the Torture Convention with particular attention to Tibet and submits the following recommendations for its consideration in order to end the use of torture in Tibet:

* China should withdraw its reservation to article 20 of the Torture Convention and permit the Committee to investigate the widespread allegations of torture in Tibet, including, should this Committee deem it necessary, by a visit to Tibet;

* China should amend its laws to incorporate explicitly the Convention's definition of torture and clearly ban all forms of torture, for any reason, notwithstanding any other provision of Chinese law;

* China should establish strict and clear rules and procedures for the investigation and prosecution of the crime of torture to ensure that all persons who commit torture are prosecuted and punished. …

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