China: End Involuntary Rehousing, Relocation of Tibetans
Lack of Consultation Violates Human Rights, Undermines Culture
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00:01 in New York, Thursday, June 27, 2013
04:00 GMT, June 27, 2013
(New York, June 27, 2013) – The Chinese government is subjecting millions of Tibetans to a policy of mass rehousing and relocation that radically changes their way of life, and about which they have no say, Human Rights Watch said in a new report published today.
Since 2006, under plans to “Build a New Socialist Countryside” in Tibetan areas, over two million Tibetans have been “rehoused” – through government-ordered renovation or construction of new houses – in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), while hundreds of thousands of nomadic herders in the eastern part of the Tibetan plateau have been relocated or settled in “New Socialist Villages.”