Tibet has been ranked as the world’s least free country by the Freedom House in its latest Freedom in the World Index report for 2023. Freedom House is regarded as a global watchdog of human freedoms worldwide.
The report was released on March 9 under ‘Freedom in the World 2023’. As per the report, Tibet has been ranked as the world’s least free country, below South Sudan and Syria. The information has been successively released for three years. In its report, Freedom House observed that both Tibetans and Chinese authorities are strict in suppressing any signs of objection among Tibetans.
Also, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social & Cultural Rights, in its 3rd Periodic Review Report released on March 6, highlighted that several issues regarding the human rights of the Tibetan people require severe and urgent attention from the international communities.
Every step being taken by the CCP – the Chinese Communist Party to Sinicize Tibet is being observed closely by the world. However, what matters is the degree to which action is taken to stem the attack against Tibetan identity and culture, as reported by the sources.
The report cited state media and said the centre would research ways to promote ‘community consciousness’ among the Tibetans and concentrate on promoting the Chinese government’s policies in the region. The sources said that Tibetan Autonomous Region strives to promote national consciousness, citizen consciousness, and the rule of law consciousness, primarily to Tibetan religious figures to control their beliefs and thoughts.
The campaign started in May 2022 as the CCP raised its concerns that Tibetan religious figures may be helping the non-violent resistance movement and promoting resistance to Chinese rule.
According to reports, Chinese authorities have been pushing Tibetan nomads to sell their animals and live in small, designated and newly developed crowded settlements where a solid Chinese surveillance system can be kept under close observation. The UN Committee report has asked for a probe into the present situation of Tibetans.