Petition to the UN: Hold China Accountable for its Violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

December 10, 2019

Today, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights turns 71 years old. China’s Communist Party has failed to live up to its commitments under the UDHR, yet the nations of the Free World turn a blind eye towards this in in pursuit of economic and political ties with the People’s Republic of China.

For 70 years the Communist Chinese Party-State, has been violating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights through its brutal human rights atrocities, including the destruction of sacred religious sites, construction of concentration camps, its genocidal population control policies, its horrendous practice of human organ harvesting, its imprisonment of people of conscience and political dissidents, and in many cases, its occupation of our Homelands and/or threats to our sovereignty.

In the cases of the captive nations of East Turkistan, Tibet, Manchuria, South Mongolia, and Hong Kong, we remind you that the Chinese regime signed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in 1971. Article 2 of that treaty states:

“Everyone is entitled to all the rights and freedoms set forth in this Declaration, without distinction of any kind, such as race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Furthermore, no distinction shall be made on the basis of the political, jurisdictional or international status of the country or territory to which a person belongs, whether it be independent, trust, non-self-governing or under any other limitation of sovereignty.”

Since signing that Treaty, China has continually made a mockery of it in nearly every way, and so we implore you to hold China to account for its abrogation of this and other commitments.

We are here calling on you, nations of the Free World, to support us in our cause. We are asking for you to take swift and decisive measures in support of our human rights and our political rights. Such measures included punitive tariffs, human rights sanctions, national boycotts of Chinese goods, institutional divestment from Chinese stocks, visa bans, the expulsion of Chinese diplomats who are openly denying the CCP’s human rights abuses, formal demarches, and other economic and legal measures as you see fit.

In 70 years, the world will look back on the choices you make today. Will history judge you harshly for your silence in the face of these atrocities, or will monuments be built to celebrate the decisions you make to support democracy and human rights?

We, the aforementioned people, and our friends and allies throughout the world, ask you to do one simple thing: ask yourselves what you can do to help the 1.4 billion people suffering under this brutal regime, and the billions more threatened by it, and then ACT. In particular, we ask that you recognize our nations as captive nations or occupied territories, and recognize the current situation, especially in East Turkistan, Tibet, and South Mongolia as a genocide.

Signed by,

Chushi Gangdruk
East Turkistan National Awakening Movement
Free Kazakhs Movement
Free Southern Mongolia
Keep Taiwan Free
Students for a Free Tibet
Taiwanese American Association of New York
Tibetan Youth Congress
US Tibet Committee