Tibet: On June 27, 2013 a human rights group appealed to China to end what it called forced "mass rehousing and relocation" of ethnic Tibetans that it said had uprooted more than two million people in the past seven years.
The report, by New York-based Human Rights Watch, said Chinese authorities threw lives into disarray by denying rights to forcibly relocated ethnic Tibetans with insufficient compensation, sub-par housing and lack of help in finding jobs.
Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch China Director said "The scale and speed at which the Tibetan rural population is being remodeled by mass rehousing and relocation policies are unprecedented in the post-Mao era".
"Tibetans have no say in the design of policies that are radically altering their way of life, and - in an already highly repressive context - no ways to challenge them."
More than two million Tibetans have been relocated in Tibet since 2006, as have hundreds of thousands of nomadic herders in the eastern part of the Tibetan plateau such as in Qinghai province, the report said.
The program's aim, it added, was to help economically, but also to combat separatist sentiment "and is designed to strengthen political control over the Tibetan rural population".
However, China defends their actions in what they call is a 'developmental policy'. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said she hoped those issuing the report could "remove their colored glasses" in terms of China's achievements in development policy.
She said that the people who are addressing the Chinese foreign policy "should have a correct understanding of China's ethnic and religious policies and respect for the Chinese people's chosen path of development".
Tibet has barely seen any peace since 1950 when Bejing "peacefully liberated" the region. Since the Dalai Lama fled into exile, Tibetans have constantly stood in unison against the atrocities committed against their community, culture and religious values.
The Chinese government however denies stifling Tibetan rights and instead claims to have brought prosperity to the region and ended serfdom.
(Reporting by Terril Yue Jones and Sui-Lee Wee; Editing by Nick Macfie and Ron Popeski)