Jan 27, 2014

Tibet: Ranked By Freedom House Among Worst Territories For Human Rights

According to the US right group Freedom House, Tibet was put along with Saudi Arabia, North Korea and Somalia in having the lowest possible rating when it comes to human rights and freedoms.

Below is an article published by Tibetan Review:

Chinese ruled Tibet, as opposed to China itself, figures among the 12 worst of the worst in civil and political rights in US rights group Freedom House’s latest annual global report. They received the lowest possible rating, 7 out of 7, for both political rights and civil liberties among 55 nations and territories the group has graded as “not free”.

Joining the list with “Chinese-controlled Tibet” are Saudi Arabia, North Korea, Somalia, Syria; the Central Asian republics of Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, and the African nations of the Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Sudan and Western Sahara, besides Cuba.

The 2014 annual report on global political rights and civil liberties, titled as “Freedom in the World”, details a disturbing new trend, the rise of modern authoritarianism. Under it, authoritarian regimes devote full-time attention to the challenge of crippling the opposition without annihilating it, and flouting the rule of law while maintaining a plausible veneer of order, legitimacy and prosperity. It added that tracking dissidents and democracy advocates by monitoring social media and cellphones was among the new tools of repression.

On China, Sara Cook, Asia research analyst for Freedom House, has told Radio Free Asia (Washington) Jan 23, "There was no change in China’s score this year. It remained a 7 (on a scale of 1-7) on political rights and a 6 on civil liberties, and overall it’s really one of the poorest performers in Asia and still holds more than half of the people in the world who are rated Not Free in 'Freedom in the World'."