China ‘coercing’ thousands of Tibetans into mass labour camps – report

China ‘coercing’ thousands of Tibetans into mass labour camps – report

  • China is coercing hundreds of thousands of people in Tibet into military-style vocational training centres, a study has warned.

The report by the Jamestown Foundation is based on state media reports, policy documents and satellite imagery which Reuters says it has verified.

It has also compared the situation to what has been documented among ethnic Uighurs in the Xinjiang region.

Chinese authorities have not yet commented on the findings.

Tibet is a remote and mainly-Buddhist territory in the Himalayas. It is governed as an autonomous region of China which is accused of suppressing cultural and religious freedom there.

Beijing says it is fostering progress and development in the region.

Tibet’s president-in-exile Lobsang Sangay has been among those who have previously alleged that Tibetan people are being forced into labour camps and training centres for “education”.

However, the scale of the programme as detailed in this study indicates it is much larger than previously thought.