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26 March 2021
E-001705/2021
Question for written answer  E-001705/2021
to the Vice-President of the Commission / High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy
Rule 138
Mikuláš Peksa (Verts/ALE), Miriam Lexmann (PPE), Francisco Guerreiro (Verts/ALE), Reinhard Bütikofer (Verts/ALE), Ivan Štefanec (PPE), Hannes Heide (S&D), Salima Yenbou (Verts/ALE), Carles Puigdemont i Casamajó (NI), Antoni Comín i Oliveres (NI), Clara Ponsatí Obiols (NI), Aušra Maldeikienė (PPE), Diana Riba i Giner (Verts/ALE)
 Subject: Torture in Tibet

There has been an increasing number of reports in recent months about Tibetans dying in custody or shortly after their release, apparently as a result of torture or maltreatment sustained while in detention.

In 2020, the victims of maltreatment or torture in prison or custody included the Tibetan monk Choekyi(1) and Lhamo(2), a mother of three.

In 2021, 19-year-old monk Tenzin Nyima died after being beaten in custody(3) and a Tibetan tour guide, Kunchok Jinpa, died in a hospital in Lhasa, also apparently from injuries inflicted on him while in prison(4).

1. Does the EU intend to publicly condemn the use of torture in Tibet?

2. In addition to regularly expressing concerns about the issue during EU-China Human Rights Dialogues, what concrete measures has the EU taken to press China to put an end to the use of torture in Tibet?

(1)‘Tibetan monk Choekyi dies after years of prison, torture’, International Campaign for Tibet, 8 May 2020, https://savetibet.org/tibetan-monk-choekyi-dies-after-years-of-prison-torture/
(2)’China: Tibetan Woman Dies in Custody’, Human Rights Watch, 29 October 2020, https://www.hrw.org/news/2020/10/29/china-tibetan-woman-dies-custody
(3)‘China: Tibetan Monk Dies from Beating in Custody’, Human Rights Watch, 21 January 2021, https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/01/21/china-tibetan-monk-dies-beating-custody
(4)‘China: Tibetan Tour Guide Dies from Prison Injuries’, Human Rights Watch, 16 February 2021, https://www.hrw.org/news/2021/02/16/china-tibetan-tour-guide-dies-prison-injuries
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