Essay on TIBETANS: STILL NO RIGHTS; STILL NO CHANGE

Submitted By Alex-Robertson
Words: 1898
Pages: 8

A Research Paper on the Humans Rights Violations of Tibet

The world isn’t perfect. Sometimes it can feel like paradise, and sometimes it can feel like hell. Sometimes people are rich and have all they could ever dream, and sometimes people suffer day and night just to get some food. Sometimes people get what they deserve, and sometimes people don’t get the justice they should. Sometimes people can speak freely and voice their opinion, and sometimes people have to keep quiet and don’t have a voice in fear that they might be killed. The world isn’t perfect. This is a conclusion derived from humans over thousands of years. Fortunately, there are good people in the world who strive to change this. There is a main set of rules for the treatment of all humans. This set of rules is called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, or UDHR, is a declaration adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on December 10, 1948 at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris, France. Some key contributors were Eleanor Roosevelt (USA), René Cassin (France), Charles Malik (Lebanon), Peng Chun Chang (China), Hernan Santa Cruz (Chile), Alexei Pavlov (Soviet Union), Geoffrey Wilson (United Kingdom), William Hodgson (Australia), and John Humphrey (Canada) (United Nations). The declaration came into play after the horrific experiences of World War Two. It represents the first global expression of rights to which all human beings are inherently entitled. Although the United Nations enforces these rules throughout the world, there are some countries that don’t want to follow these rules. In these countries life is not how it should be. The world isn’t perfect, but it can be changed if people stand up for what is right. An example of this involves the 14th Dalai Lama and the unlawful Chinese occupation of Tibet. Tibet is a plateu in Asia, north-east of the Himalayas. It is about a quarter size of India. In 1950, the People’s Republic of China invaded Tibet. They weren’t accepted by the Tibetan people, so in 1956, rebellions broke out in Amdo and in Eastern Khan. In 1959, their rebellions were brutally stopped by the Chinese. The Chinese killed thousands of Tibetans (Circle the Bay for Tibet). During this dark time, the Communist government tried to completely erase the Tibetan culture. Since the Tibetan religion is Buddhism they have vowed to never hurt another living creature, and because of this they cannot fight back against the Chinese army. Tibetans can only practice their religion under extensive government watch and thousands of monasteries have been destroyed (Circle the Bay for Tibet). Over 1.2 million Tibetans have been killed and thousands imprisoned for voicing their religious beliefs (Circle the Bay for Tibet). Tibetan women are sometimes forced to have abortions and become sterilized. The Chinese have wreaked havoc on Tibet's fragile environment through extensive deforestation and open dumping of nuclear waste (Central Tibetan Administration). This problem has not been dealt with for decades. The United Nations has failed to punish China for any of its human rights abuses.
China claims that the Chinese occupation of Tibet is leading to prosperity and technological advancement (Chinafolio). Obviously, from the way the Tibetans react towards the Chinese, their statement is incorrect. The Chinese have even allowed six million Han Chinese to live in Tibet (Tibet Online). There are now more Han Chinese in Tibet than Tibetans. On top of that, Tibetans have fewer rights than the Han Chinese living on their land (Hillman). Tibetans are abused, threatened, starved, and beaten by the Chinese Government. All of this is a major violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that everyone is born with the same rights. So the Tibetans in their own country, in the eyes of the United Nations, are no different than the people in the United States. Then why are they being treated differently…