Following a report, verified by Reuters Sep 22, which documents a large-scale program in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) that forced more than half a million rural Tibetans out of their country and into military-style training centers in the first seven months of 2020, a total of 63 legislators from 16 countries released a joint statement calling for immediate action against the Chinese Communi. Legislators come from countries in Asia, Europe, and North America.
“We call on our governments to take urgent steps to condemn these crimes and avoid more human rights violations,” said the parliamentarians who are part of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, which is trying to change the way democratic countries interact with China.
The report, “Xinjiang’s Military Vocational Training System Comes to Tibet,” released Sep 22 by scholar Adrian Zenz, the Alliance’s ethnic minority advisor, documents a large-scale program in the TAR that forced more than half a million rural Tibetans out of their land and into military-style training centers in the first seven months of 2020.
Adrian Zen’s findings were corroborated by an exclusive analysis by Reuters. It also “found additional policy records, business papers, contract files, and state media reports explaining the initiative.”
After completing their coercive training, many Tibetans were sent to other parts of Tibet and China and forced into low-wage factory and construction jobs.
The lawmakers have said that the scheme is frighteningly close to coercive labor in Xinjiang, where more than 1 million Uyghurs and members of other Muslim ethnic groups have been detained by the Chinese government.
The statement noted that China’s forced labor system included “forced indoctrination, intrusive monitoring, military-style compliance, and draconian punishment for those who fail to meet labor transfer quotas.”
Zenz said that the TAR started enforcing these policies last year.
Policies are seen to contain a variety of racial stereotypes about the “backwardness” of Tibetans and the need to change their thought and cultural identity while keeping them loyal to the Chinese Communist Party.
Zenz’s analysis contains a variety of photographs of military-style training centers and Tibetans wearing military fatigue when attending the training.
It outlines Tibetans having been forced to flee their traditional way of life by leaving their ancestral land for degrading, low-paid jobs.