October 21, 2013 witnessed yet another charade that populates procedures at the United Nations as the evening before the UN Human Rights Council’s (UNHRC) review of China’s human rights record (we predict no mention of China’s forced sterilizations) a discussion group held court today at the headquarters of UNHRC comprised of Chinese ‘non-governmental’ (yes we know it’s an oxymoron) organizations, who as programed heaped words of praise upon China for its supposed progress as a civil society. In case that delusional claim had failed to convince the assembled gathering, diplomats representing China’s running dogs; otherwise known as Cuba, Sri Lanka and Venezuela painted a glowing portrait of the stooges who were posing as Non-Governmental Organizations, that included the sickeningly named ‘China Association for Preservation and Development of Tibetan Culture and China Ethnic Minorities Association for External Exchanges.’ More details featured HERE
The court of public opinion knows better of course and China’s human rights record and its tyranny in occupied lands such as Tibet, East Turkestan Southern Mongolia and Manchuria is a disturbing reality of which many are very aware. Diplomacy though operates beyond values and conventions of common good or ethical norms, it takes a more detached, dare we suggest pragmatic line, where the atrocities of the tyrant can be ignored and diluted for ‘greater good’. Sure it’s BS, gold-plated! Such rationalization however, fueled by political self-interest of member states makes for a double-think that Orwell would have groaned at. Take the imminent report on China’s human rights, will the UNCHR make even a passing reference to the horrors of forced sterilizations? Highly unlikely, yet no doubt women’s human rights may be referred in terms of individual cases of abuse or torture, being tied onto a medical slab however and forcibly sterilized is not worthy of condemnation. In all probability there will be much ink devoted to accounts of torture, yet before bursting into a round of applause kindly consider the following, which perhaps best illustrates the twisted world of the United Nations.
The United Nations Committee On Torture (COT) consists of ten individual ‘experts’ who assemble in Geneva, Switzerland twice a year to initiate and assess reports of torture relating to member states. Incredible to believe but among its ranks is a Mr. Wang Xuexian, Chinese Ambassador, tasked no doubt to deflect criticism or meaningful action on China’s appalling record. However, despite his troubling presence China has attracted the attention of the COT on a number of occasions, particularly in relation to the violent and tyrannical treatment of Tibetans under China’s occupation. Following the 2008 Tibetan national uprising against China’s rule, which was viciously suppressed by China’s military and ‘security’ forces, with a mass of documented reports of killings, executions, torture and mass arrest, the COT convened its Forty-first session Geneva, November 3 to 21, 2008 to consider such accounts and appraise related evidence, as part of a general assessment on China.
An advanced report was released on November 21 that year, which was pretty damning in terms of exposing a wide range of abuse and torture existing within China and occupied territories such as Tibet. In particular reference was made to events in Ngaba, in Tibet’s Eastern region of Amdo, the same area which is home to Kirti Monastery; which during April 2011 was placed under military siege by Chinese paramilitary, with at least three unarmed Tibetans killed, hundreds arrested and tortured as the monastery was ransacked and turned effectively into a prison. The same region has over the past few months been subject to further oppression with reports of mass arrest, torture and shooting of Tibetans.
Apart from revealing the extent and nature of violence and torture waged against Tibetans in 2008, as China’s regime launched a brutal crackdown the findings Fourth Periodic Report Of China-CAT November 2008 of the requested that:
“The State party should conduct a thorough and independent inquiry into the reported excessive use of force, including against peaceful demonstrators and notably monks, in Kardze county, Ngaba county, and Lhasa.” . Page 9, SOURCE (may take a minute or so to download)
At this stage of reading no doubt some will be pinching themselves and questioning if what they have just read is correct and not some distorted phantom of imagining. Well just to confirm, yes the United Nations Committee On Torture requested, the very Chinese authorities who demand, endorse, authorize and condone the violent abuse of Tibetans, to establish an impartial and effective investigation into the frenzied and lethal attacks carried out by their military thugs. This petition, which called presumably for a formal response from the Chinese regime, is either an example of political optimism and naivety beyond any known scale, bureaucratic bungling of circus proportions, or a cynical exercise. Whatever the case, to expect China to provide a balanced and detached examination, of its brutal actions in occupied Tibet, would be like anticipating Himmler’s SS to produce an unbiased account of its treatment of Polish Jews! We wonder how the honorable Committee members of the COT regarded China’s response, a credible and non-partisan conclusion perhaps?
If such a delusional conclusion was reached how are this years’ events in Ngaba being evaluated and viewed by the COT, and the UNCHR as it witnesses the same military machine launch yet another vicious assault upon Tibetans and notes reports of further deaths, torture and mass-arrests. What now the oily euphemisms and assurances that no doubt filled the pages of China’s conclusions to its cynical ‘inquiry’, regarding its brutal crackdown of Tibetans in 2008; consumed with a troubling and uncritical willingness by the COT? We consider these to be vital questions which demand a response from the United Nations Committee On Torture, and its big brother the UNCHR, as Tibetans in Ngaba again suffer China’s machinery of violent suppression.