The Tibetan Center for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD) released its 2022 Annual Report on the human rights situation in Tibet . The report states the human rights situation in Tibet in 2022 has been one of the worst in recent years.
The report found that Tibetans suffered greatly due to the draconian enforcement of the Zero-Covid policy. Chinese authorities implemented a mass DNA collection covering millions of Tibetans. This DNA collection drive is one of several “social control mechanisms aimed at suppressing dissent and bringing the entire population under state control,” states the report.
Efforts were made to cut off all contacts between Tibetans living in Tibet and those residing outside. A growing number of Tibetan religious and cultural ceremonies and rituals were banned and new censorship regulations came into force where all references to religion on online platforms not approved by the government were deemed illegal. Tibetan culture and language were further marginalized under the Chinese government’s aggressive policy of assimilation. Numerous measures have been put in place to establish absolute governmental control over the state education system including crackdown and closure of private schools, imposition of Chinese medium education, and transferring Tibetan students to government boarding schools where Tibetan children are being educated and raised as model and patriotic Chinese citizens.