United Nations, Geneva - As the UN Human Rights Council began its third session yesterday here, 16 NGOs in a joint statement questioned the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights on the steps taken concerning the 30 September killings of Tibetans on the Nangpa Pass. A Chinese delegate made a statement that contradicted China’s earlier statement on the Nangpa Pas incident.
The NGO statement delivered by Mr. Gianfranco Fattorini (Movement Against Racism and Friendship Among All Peoples) said: “With respect to the work of the High Commissioner’s Office in Kathmandu (Nepal), this Joint NGO Statement relates to the 30 September shooting on more than 70 Tibetans on the Nangpa Pass at 18,753 ft in the Himalayas while they were trying to cross the Pass to reach Nepal…. In view of the many appeals to the High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene publicly in the case of the 30 September killings of Tibetans in the Himalayas, we wish to know of the steps taken by the High Commissioner, including her Office in Kathmandu, regarding this grave matter.”
The NGOs’ statement was made in reaction to the oral update report from Ms. Louise Arbour, the High Commissioner on Human Rights, to the Human Rights Council, in which she addressed the situation in Nepal, Sri Lanka, Iraq and Darfur. However, the High Commissioner did not respond to question posed on the Nangpa Pass killings.
As expected a representative of China reacted to Joint NGO statement. The UN note on “Meeting Coverage” bulletin quoted the Chinese response made by Ms. Li Nana as stating “...this afternoon a nongovernmental organization (NGO) said that China had allegedly shot Tibetans in the Himalayas. China had decided not to make use of its right of point of order. Nevertheless, this NGO’s statement was not appropriate, and China expressed disappointment at the violation of proper procedures.” Without elaborating Ms. Li ended the statement saying that China was carrying out its investigation.
This was the second time that the