Sheffield Council urged to cut ties with Chinese Communist Party over human rights abuses
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The group held Tibetan and Hong Kong flags in the Town Hall during the strategy and resources committee meeting yesterday as they presented a petition with more than 150 signatures calling to cut ties.
They said it would send a clear message of protecting human rights and local authorities in Newcastle and Bath de-twinned with China last year.
Speaking in the meeting, a campaigner read out a statement that said: “We the Tibetan residing in Sheffield would like to request Sheffield Council to reconsider and sever its twinning city program with Chinese cities. It’s well known that the CCP has a very poor record in human rights.
“The ongoing self-immolation (suicide) inside Tibet is a big indicator of how repressive the CCP is towards the Tibetan. The self-immolator count stood at 160 right now and it is not just a number. Rather, it shows how much they are deprived of basic human rights.
“The recent policy to send 800,000 Tibetan students aged six to 18 to mandatory Chinese boarding schools across Tibet is a big threat to the very identity of Tibetans. As Chengdu is a city with a large number of Tibetan, the council should definitely think about who they are twinning up with.”
Councillor Terry Fox, leader of the council, said the authority was working on a report about its relationships with international cities and the campaigners’ comments would be fed into that. He said they were also meeting with local councillors to discuss the issue soon.