20 December 2017

Security Council

Security Council

Agenda Item: Question for Tibetan Sovereignty

Under-Secretary-General: Ceren Hapoğlu

Academic Assistant: Eymen Akın

Academic Assistant: İlkyaz Deniz Bilgiç

The topic, Tibet and the question for Tibetan sovereignty, has especially gained its momentum following the end of the Cold War. However, it was not until 2008, when China hosted the summer Olympics, the topic reached its peak of relevance. This relevance was borne from the fact that the situation in Tibet comprised a large portion of China’s human rights abuses. The harsh response by the Chinese government to the protests that rallied in early 2008 resulted in the deaths of nearly 80 Tibetans. As the Olympic torch travelled around the globe the same year, Tibetan question of sovereignty became a major focal point for massive protests. Yet, the nature of these protests was never the same. Some of them were in favor of Tibetan independence, while others rallied to express their support to the Chinese government. Although it is not heard as frequently as it was, the question is still in order and is vivid more than ever. The situation has not been entirely dealt with to provide a satisfactory outcome to all parties. Thus, it is time for the struggles of the Tibetan people to come to fruition. The Tibetan people were subject to marginalization, discrimination, and human rights violations. With an effort to make the voices of the Tibetan people heard and the issue of Tibetan independence efficiently resolved, the United Nations Security Council shoulders the responsibility to ensure security and freedom of the people and provide for a long-lasting peace.

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