Tibet and China's 'National Minority' Policies

17 Pages Posted: 10 Aug 2012 Last revised: 19 Nov 2012

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Michael C. Davis

The University of Hong Kong - Faculty of Law

Date Written: August 9, 2012


China’s hard line and repressive policies have often stood in the way of its acceptance on the international stage. This legacy has nowhere been more evident than with respect to its national minority policies applied in Tibet. While China long ago in the 1951 17-point Agreement agreed to provide autonomy to Tibetans it has never delivered on this promise, offering repression and assimilation instead. In nearly every diplomatic outing, as was especially evident in the lead up to the 2008 Beijing Olympics, China’s Tibet policies have been an issue. With the 2007 UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and the 2008 Tibetan Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the Tibetan People China surely has excellent guidance for a more humane policy to meet Tibetan concerns. With reference to its historical legacy and international standards, this article encourages China to embrace such policy reform.

Keywords: Tibet, China, human rights, autonomy

Suggested Citation

Davis, Michael C., Tibet and China's 'National Minority' Policies (August 9, 2012). University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law Research Paper No. 2012/031, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2127403 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2127403

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