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02june2011-0202Geneva: - The UN Human Rights Council begun its 17th regular session on 30 May and will continue till 17 June to discuss and address human rights situation around the globe. The UN human rights chief, Ms. Navi Pillay presented an annual report updating her office's activities and then held general debate.

In her statement, High Commissioner for Human Rights Ms. Pillay, noted the rising demand for fundamental human rights across North Africa and the Middle East. She cited it as a result of the decades of denial of civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights as well as right to development. On human rights situation in China, she expressed concern at the increased restriction on freedom of expression and opinion.

During the interactive dialogue on Ms. Pillay's statement, speaking on behalf of Society for Threatened Peoples, Mr. Tenzin Samphel KAYTA welcomed UN Human Rights chief's report.

He informed the Council that Chinese authorities is currently cracking down on peaceful protestors in Inner Mongolia. He also updated the UN Human Rights Council the severe clamp down on Ngaba Kirti Monastery since 16 March 2011.

In the plenary session, Mr. kayta drew attention of the member States and international community on the disappearance of 300 Kirti Monastery monks who had been taken away by the Chinese People Armed Force on the night of 21 April - Easter eve to an undisclosed location. He called upon the UN High Commissioner Ms. Navi Pillay to conduct a fact-finding mission to China including all affected Tibetan areas by seizing upon the invitation she has received from the Chinese Government.

In the run up to the 17th UN Human Rights Council session, the Tibet Bureau has met with over 10 Foreign Mission diplomats based in Geneva, Switzerland to update the latest human rights situation in Tibet particularly in Ngaba Kirti Monastery.

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