Monday, 06 February 2023 22:29

China: Tibetan children forced to assimilate, independent rights experts fear

© UNICEF/Palani Mohan
A woman carries a child in Barkhor, in the Tibet Autonomous Region. (file)

Roughly one million Tibetan minority children in China have been separated from their families and placed into Government-run boarding schools, forcing their assimilation into the dominant culture, three independent UN human rights experts said on Monday.

“We are very disturbed that in recent years the residential school system for Tibetan children appears to act as a mandatory large-scale programme intended to assimilate Tibetans into majority Han culture, contrary to international human rights standards,” they said in a statement.

Erosion of identity

UN experts alarmed by what appears to be policy of forced assimilation of the Tibetan identity into the dominant Han-Chinese majority through the residential school system.