World Organisation Against Torture and TCHRD delivers joint statement at HRC’s 25th session

DHARAMSALA, Mar 21: In a joint oral statement delivered at the 25th session of the Human Rights Council, the World Organisation Against Torture (OMCT) and Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) condemned China for refusing to consider ratifying the optional protocols to the Convention Against Torture (OP-CAT) and urged China to reconsider its decision.
Both the organisations expressed deep concern over ongoing reports of torture, beatings and other abusive treatment in the Tibet Autonomous Region and neighbouring Tibetan prefectures and counties, in particular of Tibetan monks and nuns.

The organisations called upon the Human Rights Council and the international community to ensure accountability for Chinese human rights defender, Cao Shunli’s death on Mar 14 as well as for the human rights abuses she died trying to bring to the attention of the international community.

“The Council needs to assume its responsibility in monitoring that there are no future threats to the participation of civil society representatives. Death is too high a price for cooperating with the UN human rights system,” OMCT and TCHRD said in their statement.

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