China Fights for Linguistic Minorities in SOCHUM—as Long as They’re Not Tibetan


While China drafted a working paper in the Social and Humanitarian committee (SOCHUM) promoting the rights of linguistic minorities across the world, Tibetan language activist faces five to 15 years in prison for “inciting separatism”.

Tashi Wangchuk was detained two years ago after appearing in a documentary in which he pursued legal action against a local government said to have suppressed Tibetan language education. The Communist Party’s crackdown echoes the era of the nation’s Cultural Revolution in the 1960s and 70s, when the Chinese government forcefully discouraged Tibet’s spoken language and culture.

Now, in SOCHUM, China continues to espouse a policy of “national integration” in which the delegation of China strongly believes in the integration of linguistic minorities in every nation. This is contrary to the fact that China is monopolizing schools and shutting down schools that teach the Tibet language and only permitting chinese mandarin in schools.

This policy of “national integration” has been felt nothing more than a euphemism used to disguise the reigning Communist Party’s efforts to eradicate semblances of minority communities in the homogenous nation. It is said that nearly 60 percent of all young Tibetans do not know how to speak their mother tongue.

Since the Communist Party has a nearly unilateral say on the outcome of trials, it is likely that Wangchuk will be found guilty. The delegates of China, however, refused to admit that their nation equivalates linguistic minority advocacy with treason.

When asked whether the Party is pursuing movements where other dialects are discouraged, delegation of China insisted that “integration is important and as a country we don’t want separatism within nations because it divides nations.” The delegates preferred not to comment on the movements created.

The delegation of China added that controlling a country of one billion people was not easy and handling different civilians of different minorities was difficult to manage.

“We are doing our best to try and maintain minorities and prevent separatism because we want peace” the delegate said.



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