Human Rights Violations in Tibet

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“The heart of studying anthropologically lies in critically examining and understanding the concept of culture, the learned and shared ideas, feelings and behaviors and the product of those behaviors which are characteristic of any society.” (Moro, Magic, Witchcraft, and Religion, 2012).

To gain an understanding of the century long battle of Tibet’s resistance to China and their attempt to eradicate Tibetan culture requires a thorough look into their historical political events as well as their traditions of philosophical and religious beliefs. The Tibetan sovereignty debate and their battle is two-fold… First, whether or not the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has the right to claim Tibet as “an integral part of China” (Walt van Pragg, The Legal Status of Tibet, 2010) therefore giving them ownership of Tibetan territory… Secondly, whether or not Tibet is being forced into adopting China’s current political ideologies and cultural practices and give up rights to their own unique cultural, linguistic, religious practices, and political ideologies that structure in Tibetan society.. If this is the case, how did this occur and why, and what are the implications of this debate? In the case of Tibet and China, this debate has become the rights to freedom of culture, which has lead to what has now become one of the most politically controversial human rights issues amongst the countries of the world and the United Nations. When we bring an anthropological perspective to the matter of the cultures in questions, we can examine both sides and determine whether or not there is a human rights issue due to cultural differences that have perhaps are influenced by their particular society’s religious/philosophical doctrine and ultimat...

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