UN experts urge China to drop charges against jailed Tibetan minority human rights defender


GENEVA (19 May 2020) – UN human rights experts* have called on China to lift charges against a Tibetan minority human rights defender who is awaiting an appeal hearing against a seven-year jail sentence imposed on disturbing public order charges.
ジュネーブ(2020年5月19日)– 国連人権専門家 * は中国に対し、公序良俗をかく乱した罪で課せられた七年の実刑判決に対する控訴審理を待っているチベット人マイノリティ人権擁護者に対する告訴を取り下げるよう要請した。

"We are deeply concerned by what appears to be the criminalisation of the legitimate work of a minority community member and human rights defender. We are also concerned about the reports of deterioration of his physical and mental integrity due to poor detention conditions," said the experts.

A-Nya Sengdra had been campaigning against alleged corruption, illegal mining and illegal hunting and poaching of endangered animals before he was arrested and allegedly beaten on 4 September 2018 in Qinghai province.

The human rights defender was sentenced on 6 December last year after being found guilty on charges of "gathering people to disturb public order" and "picking quarrels and provoking trouble". Other Tibetan minority representatives from Qinghai province were also charged and given similar jail terms.

Sengdra's appeal court hearing was postponed last month and is now expected anytime soon.

"The charges against Mr Sengdra stem from a wider crackdown on Tibetan minority human rights defenders. They constitute violations of Mr Sengdra's right as a member of a minority community to exercise his human rights without discrimination or intimidation, including his freedom of expression," the experts said.

"We urge the authorities to comply with their obligations under international law, including by lifting the charges against Mr Sengdra. The human rights of the Tibetan minority must be fully respected."

The experts have sought information from the Chinese Government.


*The UN experts: Mr. Fernand de Varennes, Special Rapporteur on minority issues, Ms. Leigh Toomey (Chair-Rapporteur), Ms. Elina Steinerte (Vice-Chair), Mr. José Antonio Guevara Bermúdez, Mr. Sètondji Roland Adjovi and Mr. Seong-Phil Hong, Working Group on Arbitrary Detention; Mr. David Kaye, Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression; Ms. Mary Lawlor, Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders; and Mr. Nils Melzer, Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment
* 専門家:マイノリティ問題に関する特別報告者フェルナンド・デ・ヴァレンヌ氏氏、恣意的拘留に関する作業部会リー・トゥーミー氏(議長報告者)、エリナ・ステイネルテ氏(副議長)、ホセ・アントニオ・ゲヴァラ・ベルムーデス氏、セトンジ・ローランド・アジョビ氏およびソン・フィルホン氏、意見と表現の自由の権利の促進と保護に関する特別報告者デイヴィッド・ケイ氏、人権擁護者の状況に関する特別報告者メアリー・ローラー氏、ならびに拷問およびその他の残酷で非人道的または品位を傷つける扱いまたは処罰に関する特別報告者ニルス・メルツァー氏。