UN statistics confirm that areas within the Tibetan Autonomous Regions (TAR) remain the poorest in all of China;
Tibetans experience ongoing and systemic discrimination in respect to economic opportunity, labour rights and gender equality;
Tibetans continue to be disadvantaged by their ethnicity, lower education levels and lack of fluency in the Chinese language;
Tibetans have little or no access to information about trade agreements which directly impact them and no input into those agreements; and
All states, as part of their human right obligations are expected to undertake human rights due to diligence in all areas of endeavour including the negotiation of trade agreements and other economic agreements.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the government of Canada to: (a) Ensure that international human rights standards inform Canada’s trade relations with China;
(b) Incorporate human rights responsibilities for Canadian companies directly into the investment chapter of any future trade and investment agreements with China;
(c) Ensure human rights concerns are integrated across all aspects of Canada’s trade policy with China; and
(d) Identify how its sectoral trade priorities with China will impact specific human rights in Tibet and identify appropriate mitigation measures to address those impacts.
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