The Quest for Self-Rule in Tibet

Journal of Democracy, Vol. 18, No. 4, October 2007

15 Pages Posted: 20 Oct 2011

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Michael C. Davis

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Date Written: April 18, 2007

Abstract

The difficulties between the PRC Government and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile over their favored path to autonomy in Tibet stretch back over fifty years since China's original occupation and the Dalai Lama's 1959 flight into exile. While China's actual control over Tibet has gained international recognition, a non-violent strategy of resistance against sometimes-harsh policies has won the Tibetan exiles considerable international solicitude. This article assesses the historical record and current practice to argue that a form of autonomy that is appropriately grounded in China's Constitution and international human rights practice may offer a path out of the current dispute.

Keywords: Tibet, human rights, autonomy

Suggested Citation

Davis, Michael C., The Quest for Self-Rule in Tibet (April 18, 2007). Journal of Democracy, Vol. 18, No. 4, October 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1946703

Michael C. Davis (Contact Author)

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law ( email )

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