Rubio blasts 'blatant violations of human rights' in Tibet

Catholic News Agency | 1/14/2020 | Staff
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Washington D.C., Jan 14, 2020 / 08:00 am (CNA).- Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) has condemend "blatant human rights violations" in China after the province of Tibet passed policies similar to those used in Xinjiang to oppress Uighur Muslims.

According to the South China Morning Post, the Chinese Government announced that, as of May 1, new policies to “strengthen ethnic unity” will go into effect in Tibet.

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The full text of the new regulations was not released. The Chinese government described them as a list of “dos and don’ts” that local governments should enforce in order to create “ethnic unity.”

Tibet is an autonomous region in China. It is home to the Tibetan people, most of whom practice Tibetan Buddhism. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) destroyed many Buddhist temples during the Cultural Revolution. The Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan Buddhists, fled Tibet and currently lives in India.

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On Jan. 13, Sen. Rubio tweeted that “the international community can’t turn a blind eye” to the development, and that “Tibet’s CCP-controlled Congress” was “following Xinjiang’s footsteps.”

On Tuesday, Rubio told CNA that it was “no surprise that Tibet’s ‘autonomous’ legislature has passed rules to promote ‘ethnic unity’.”

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“As the Chinese Communist Party continues its attempts to wipe out Tibetan culture, the U.S. and freedom loving nations should condemn the blatant violations of human rights,” the senator said.

Per Chinese media, these regulations require all facets of society, from villages to large companies, schools, military organizations and religious groups, to promote work on “ethnic unity.” September will be deemed a special ethnic unity month, with a focus on activities to strengthen “ethnic unity” within Tibet.

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A government official was quoted in the state-run saying,“Tibet has entered a new era of long-term development with peace and stability” and that “These regulations are to...
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