The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied allegations from UN human rights experts that Tibetan children are being forcibly separated from their families and sent to “re-education” centres.
The allegations, made by a panel of UN human rights experts in a report last week, said that Chinese authorities are engaging in a “systematic campaign” of forcibly separating Tibetan children from their families, sending them to state-run “re-education” centres.
The Chinese Foreign Ministry has denied these claims, saying that the panel had no evidence to back up its assertions. The ministry also said that China has long respected and protected the rights of Tibetan children, and that their education and development is the top priority of the Chinese government.
“The Chinese government attaches great importance to the education and development of Tibetan children and has taken concrete measures to provide them with better education, care and protection,” the ministry said in a statement.
The statement went on to say that the UN panel had not visited Tibet and had no firsthand knowledge of the situation there and that their report was based on “groundless” accusations and “political prejudice”.