Our activism is presently targeting the United Nations Commission On The Status Of Women (UNCSW) and associated women’s Non-Governmental Organizations, convened at the sixty-second session of the UNCSW at UN headquarters, New York, March 12 to 23 2017.
Regular visitors here will know we’ve consistently exposed and challenged the UNCSW and women’s NGOs for their refusal to oppose and condemn forced sterilizations. In particular their silence on China’s coercive population control program. Clearly anyone supporting human rights would be concerned that a UN body and NGOs, apparently dedicated to defending and promoting women’s rights, choose to ignore these harrowing violations. Yet that’s precisely what is happening.
There’s something deeply wrong at work here, especially when you consider that their collective silence and evasion on this issue is in opposition to the findings and concerns of other divisions of the United Nations! Unlike @UN_CSW (and @UN_Women) the UN’s Committee Against Torture (UNCAT) is sufficiently concerned about the plight of women suffering under the harrowing realities of China’s population policies to take action. It also is not inhibited to express its concerns:
“In November 2015, the UN Committee against Torture conducted its fifth periodic review of China’s compliance with the Convention.18 In its concluding observations, the Committee stated its concerns about China’s coercive implementation of the population policy, such as coerced sterilization and forced abortion, and the lack of information on investigations into such allegations” (Source: CECC Report 2016).
We would like to thank the UN Committee Against Torture for its concern on this most disturbing of human rights violations and greatly appreciate their decision to investigate and challenge the Chinese authorities on this matter. A few months earlier they had requested China’s regime provide information on ‘‘the total number of investigations or prosecutions launched against officials and other persons” with respect to coercion within China’s population program. Responding during October 2015 China’s government failed to furnish the Committee with the relevant data sought by UNCAT. No surprise there then!
This clear refusal to comply with a official UN inquiry into reports of violations imposed by China’s population control program provides further evidence (not that much more be needed) that women in China remain subject to a range of draconian measures that contravene a number of human rights principles and breach the United Nations’ Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action (adopted by the Fourth World Conference on Women on 15 September 1995, endorsed by UN General Assembly resolution 50/203 of 22 December 1995).
That document, to which China is a signatory, states that governments which participated in the Fourth World Conference on Women reaffirmed their commitment to: ‘‘Ensure the full implementation of the human rights of women and of the girl child as an inalienable, integral and indivisible part of all human rights and fundamental freedoms; . . .’’ (para. 9) and ‘‘are convinced that . . . [t]he explicit recognition and reaffirmation of the right of all women to control all aspects of their health, in particular their own fertility, is basic to their empowerment; . . .’’ (para. 17).
UNCSW and Women’s NGOs may be seen across social media as championing women’s rights and demanding empowerment across all sorts of areas. Such as education, employment, social mobility and human rights. Indeed who would oppose such calls. The priority theme for 2018 is ‘Empowering Rural Women And Girls’, and we have witnessed limitless energy and arguments to advance that cause.
However their take on ’empowerment’ does not extend to a woman having a right not be forcibly sterilized, they do not advocate what any right-thinking person would consider as constituting a fundamental freedom. Even as their prestigious UN colleagues in the Committee Against Torture document their concerns on the subject and expose the Chinese authorities blatant refusal to cooperate, they remain mute!
Meanwhile the parallel NGO Forum, which runs as ‘Side Events’ over the same dates is hosting a series of meetings and presentations. These for the most part reflect the main theme. However, other issues feature, including of course Female Genital Mutilation. No one is arguing these are not worthy subjects to be supported. Yet the key point is that the same community of women’s NGOs has again chosen not to give exposure to the forced sterilization of women. Yet those organizations are aware of those violations, especially with regard to China, despite such knowledge they have once more cast a veil of indifference over the subject.
This censorship and denial occurs each year at the UNCSW and NGO Forum, making a mockery of the claim that such bodies are committed champions of women’s human rights. If truth be known it is an agenda, or ideology which is being supported, not human rights as a universal principle, hence the politically correct themes and issue selectivity on display.
In that tragic land of a once free and peaceful Tibet we are hearing today, reports of another self-immolation. Details at the time of this post are not completely detailed, but a Tibetan man named as Tseko, self-immolated today in Ngaba, within Tibet’s Amdo region. An action taken in protest at China’s illegal and violent occupation.
Image: courtesy of the bravery of Tibetans inside occupied Tibet
Thanks to those immensely courageous Tibetans for getting news of this to the wider world.
Following yesterday’s news of a fire at Lhasa’s Jokhang temple, questions are turning to the cause. Of course it wont be long now before a servile and uncritical mainstream media dutifully report the official version from China’s regime. This will claim that faulty wiring or insufficient attention to safety measures caused the blaze, alternatively Tibetans may be blamed for their traditional practice of lighting butter lamps as offerings. Anything is possible with a regime that is dependent upon deception and propaganda!
Across our digital planet however people rightly look to other reasons for the fire and wonder, given the violent and oppressive nature of China’s occupation of Tibet, if responsibility rests with the Chinese regime. There are grounds for such speculation, not least that China views Tibetan Buddhism as representing Tibetan cultural and national identity. As such it is targeted with a number of highly repressive controls, with monasteries now run by approved members of the local Chinese communist party, totalitarianism has placed a suffocating stranglehold over Tibet’s Buddhist culture. Military check-points, barbed wire and machine guns are a common site at monasteries. Given this reality, you won’t be surprised to know that there will be no tears shed by China’s government at the sight of the Jokhang consumed by fire.
There have been other Buddhist sites burned down across Tibet, which were attributed to ageing Tibetan architecture, electrical faults or unguarded fires in kitchens. Such claims. coming from the mouth of a regime which is actively repressing the practice Buddhism in Tibet are problematic and remain unable to convince. Which explains why in the wake of yesterday’s inferno social media was buzzing with images and questions on the Jokhang fire. Meanwhile today Anonymous activists have been posting across Twitter of their intent to target Chinese government websites, an action which they presumably is justified, not only on the possibility that China’s regime may have been responsible for the blaze, but also as a response to the ongoing tyranny against Tibetans and their culture.
Sincere thanks to @tibettuth and @TibetAnonymous for the headsup on this action and @anonriddler for allowing use of the image above.
As Tibetans celebrate their New Year festival of Losar, in the capital of occupied Tibet, Lhasa, a major fire has today engulfed the Jokhang Temple. An ancient site of immense religious and cultural importance to Tibetans.
This is not the first time we have reported fires breaking out in key centers of Tibetan Buddhism, and given China’s objective of eradicating Tibetan cultural identity there’s a natural suspicion as to the causes of such blazes. The Chinese regime usually places fault upon the structure and wiring of Tibetan buildings. Of course it would say that. One thing for sure the Jokhang was a remnant of Lhasa, prior to the invasion of Tibet, since then Lhasa has been transformed into a drab concrete sprawl, with Chinese characteristics on very street! We imagine this event and subsequent restoration will be used by China’s Ministry of Propaganda as a cynical opportunity to portray the Chinese authorities as caring and respectful custodians of Tibetan culture.
China's Fake Lama Admits His Betrayal Of Tibet - YouTube
This video is for purposes of education, satire and fair use and (cough) should not be regarded as the official policy of the Chinese Regime). It was conceived, created and published on the day of Losar. New Year in occupied Tibet.
With Chinese tyranny still oppressing the lives of Tibetans inside occupied Tibet some within the exiled Tibetan community will for a few days following February 16 may prefer a restrained Tibetan New Year (Losar) celebration. Totally understandable. Hard to celebrate with ongoing oppression, nomads forced into concentration settlements, show-trials illegally sentencing Tibetans, and China’s paramilitary forces placing regions, towns and monasteries under siege. Many though will enjoy the usual celebrations which accompany this festival, no doubt their will be much music, dancing and delicious feasts. Apart from being immense fun it asserts Tibetan cultural identity and honors Tibet’s rich traditions.
For any of our friends and subscribers who may like to celebrate Losar here’s traditional Tibetan soup recipe which we are sure you will find very tasty, especially with the Winter lingering on. The ingredients for this are easily obtained and the method is not so difficult, producing a hearty and warming dish. The soup we have chosen is called in Tibetan Thenthuk. We hope you will enjoy preparing and sharing this meal, and in so doing spare a thought for Tibet’s true cause for national freedom.
Thenthuk (Flat Noodle Soup)
First make the Noodles
A handful of white flour (you can use any kind of flour)
100ml water (room temperature)
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp oil
In a bowl mix these ingredients well and then knead on a floured surface for 4 minutes.Cover the dough and leave to stand for 5 minutes (you can use any kind of cover) but don’t leave it for longer than 5 minutes or it will get too sticky. Next, flatten the dough into a thin sheet and cut into long strips.
Now The Soup
Heat a large, deep pan and fry the following for 30 seconds, or until the garlic begins to brown:
3 tbsp oil
1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp ginger
Now Add The Following:
1 large tomato, roughly chopped
1 small onion, chopped in half
1 carrot, chopped thinly
1 green pepper, chopped
1 handful of cabbage, sliced (spinach or other greens are just as good)
Fry for 1 minute until the tomato is mashed then add 1200ml boiling water.
Now Add The Noodles
Before putting the pasta strips in the soup, drape them over your arm and tear strips off, about an inch in size. Cook for 2 minutes until the water is boiling again.
Finally add 1 tbsp soy sauce.
Before serving make a plain omlette (2 eggs for 6 people, 1/4tsp salt and 1/4tsp black pepper). Allow this to cool and then chop into strips before adding on top of each dish.
No bowl of Tibetan soup is complete without a serving of chilli-sauce or powder. Enjoy
#Op_Tibet Video Of Live Targeting Of Chinese Government Site - YouTube
Today’s Anonymous action for Tibetan Independence Day continues across the internet, during the past hour our Twitter team @tibettruth received a video link showing a live targeting of a Chinese government site by Operation Tibet. This strike was taken in support of Tibetan Independence Day and is one of many which have invaded China’s cyber-space.
Special thanks to @Op_TibetHQ for the headsup on this and to all those anonymous activists who are supporting the just cause of Tibet
Anonymous activists have today launched another #Op_Tibet action, timed to strike on Tibetan Independence Day.
Already we are seeing across Twitter that websites and email accounts linked to the Chinese regime have been targeted. So far four government websites have been taken offline and a few hours later a #blackhat action announced that over 44, 000 emails linked to China’s regime and businesses had been destroyed.
A superb video has also been published by Anonymous, which we shall be posting during the day. Meanwhile our Twitter team @tibettruth will be posting the latest news on further strikes by Operation Tibet.
#Op_Tibet Statement For #Tibetan Independence Day - YouTube
Anonymous activists have issued a video statement announcing that ‘Operation Tibet’ will be targeting Chinese government sites on February 13, which falls on Tibetan Independence Day. This action will be the latest in an increasing number of attacks, which are taken in solidarity with the Tibetan cause. Many thanks to @TibetAnonymous and @Op_TibetHQ for sharing news to our twitter team @tibettruth.
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