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UNESCO approves controversial World Heritage Tibet nomination despite concerns

Friday, 07 July 2017

In a highly charged political environment today a UNESCO committee voted to approve a controversial application by the Chinese government to inscribe a vast Tibetan area as a World Heritage site, although it contravenes values and guidelines of the international cultural body.

Members of the Committee representing different governments spoke up in turn to praise the Chinese government over the nomination, and ICT representative Tenzin Choekyi spoke to the Committee about the dangers and significance of the inscription while Chinese delegates celebrated on the main floor of the meeting.

However, in response to a report that the International Campaign for Tibet had submitted to the Committee members about the threats posed to Tibetan nomads, the Chinese government was forced to respond to UNESCO and come out with a statement stating that it will “fully respect the will of the local herders and their traditional culture, religious beliefs, and lifestyle”. Read more