The often not so cold war between China and the Tibetans over human rights issues has gained attention on the floor of the United Nations. The Central Tibetan Administration reported on Oct. 23, 2013, "UN Member States Urge China to Improve Human Rights in Tibet." At the 17th session of Universal Periodic Review on human rights in Geneva, China’s human rights record was reviewed.
Several UN member states urged the Chinese government to take any necessary measures to improve the human rights situation which exists in Tibet. France, Germany, Canada, Czech Republic, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Switzerland, the US, the UK and Iceland raised their concerns about the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet. These nations pressed China over what they see as its systematic attempts to undermine the rights to freedom of religion, culture and expression of the Tibetans.
They have recommended that China take all necessary measures to ensure that the rights of Tibetans and other ethnic minorities are fully observed and protected. They also said China should facilitate visits of the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights and Special Procedures in order to assess what the real situation in Tibet is. The Central Tibetan Administration, which is based in India, has expressed gratitude towards these UN member states for their efforts to hold China accountable with regards to its human rights record in Tibet.
However, a serious problem which is likely to detract from the impact of this resolution is that regardless of how true the allegations against China may be, the United States too is being charged with human rights violations worldwide at this time in history. China is likely to raise this point in regard to the deaths of civilians from U.S. drones used in the war on terror, accusations of spying on citizens and allies by the NSA, and reports of police brutality and rampant abuses by American psychiatrists. These sad realities dilute the impact of any such moves by the United Nations in dealing with China, with Beijing likely to take the position publicly that the United States and its allies are disturbed hypocrites in dealing with human rights issues.