The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is pressuring thousands of Tibetan farmers into forced labor camps, commonly referred to as military training centers, proposing to reform “backward thinking” and improve “labor discipline.”

German anthropologist Dr. Adrian Zenz, who has been documenting the massive detention of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region of northeastern China, gathered information on forced labor camps, exposing how military training camps are built to house at least 500,000 Tibetan herders and farmers.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, forced indoctrination, intrusive surveillance, and severe punishment for those who fail to meet labor transfer quotas have been established in the camps.

CCP established policy requires that rural workers be trained in labor discipline, the law, and the Chinese language and seeks to reform “backward thinking” through militarized instruction.

The Tibetan region was considered autonomous until it was invaded by the CCP in the 1950s and took control by force, and the Party has been accused of suppressing its cultural and religious freedom.

Zenz’s research, prompted by a global coalition of parliamentarians who have urged governments to take a tougher stance on the CCP, indicates that Beijing has established quotas for the mass movement of rural workers within Tibet. 

Australian liberal parliamentarian Andrew Hastie along with Labour Sen. Kimberley Kitching, co-chairs of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China, noted that Dr. Zenz’s findings in the Tibet research were as alarming as those in Xinjiang.

“Just as the international community was rightly outraged by the details presented in the Xinjiang papers, and the treatment of the Uighur people, they will be just as troubled by this report on forced labour camps in the Tibet Autonomous Region,” Hastie and Kitching said in a joint statement.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, the founder of the alliance of MPs, Sir Ian Duncan Smith, urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reconsider Beijing as the site of the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Given the alarming situation of human rights violations occurring in China parliamentarians from New Zealand, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom have called attention to whether China could still be a suitable venue for the games.

The president of Tibetans in exile, Lobsang Sangay, has stated on numerous occasions that Tibetans are being subjected to forced labor camps and centers for “re-education.”

According to Zenz’s study, the Tibetans who are in the training programs do not even have the possibility of well-paid jobs, whether in textile manufacturing, construction, or agriculture.

“In the context of Beijing’s increasingly assimilatory ethnic minority policy, it is likely that these policies will promote a long-term loss of linguistic, cultural, and spiritual heritage,” the study cited by the BBC pointed out.

The report notes that the program imposed on Tibet is similar to that of the Uighurs in the forced labor camps in Xinjiang. “In both Xinjiang and Tibet, state-ordered poverty alleviation is a top-down scheme that extends government social control to family units,” it says.

The CCP has a long history of human rights violations, especially against religious freedom. Whether it’s the pressure that Christians have suffered over the years, relegated to the underground, or the widespread persecution of practitioners of the spiritual discipline, Falun Gong.

Last July, during the commemoration of the 21st anniversary of the CCP’s persecution of Falun Gong, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for an end to this barbarism.

“We call on the PRC government [CCP] to immediately end its depraved abuse and mistreatment of Falun Gong practitioners, release those imprisoned due to their beliefs, such as Ma Zhenyu, and address the whereabouts of missing practitioners. Twenty-one years of persecution of Falun Gong practitioners is far too long, and it must end,” Pompeo wrote in a State Department statement.

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