South Asia and Beyond

‘UN Review Will Hopefully Pressure China To Treat Tibetans Better’

NEW DELHI: China’s policy in Tibet will come under scrutiny at the United Nations this month as part of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The UPR, according to Dr Gyal Lo, sociologist and Canada-based Tibetan activist, is done every four years and covers all UN member states. For Tibetans, it is a look forward to time to get China to clean up its record in Tibet.

Dr Gyal Lo was speaking to StratNews Global on The Gist. He acknowledged that China always tries to “game” the UN system, but it also puts pressure on China over its campaign to wipe out Tibet’s culture, language, and tradition.

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He said the boarding schools China has set up all over Tibet emphasises Mandarin language and instruction. Tibetan curriculum content is low. The aim is to produce Tibetans alienated from their own background and make them cheap labour for China’s industries.

Tune in for more in this conversation with Dr Gyal Lo on the UPR.