The forced labor program in Tibet has increased sharply. The rural laborers are being put into military camps where they are forced to be factory workers. Reuters reported that the Chinese Communist Party is trying to mirror the coercive labor program of Xinjiang to Tibet now.
Apparently, CCP has set quotas for the mass transfer of rural laborers from Tibet to other parts of China. Reuters reviewed documents from state media, policy documents of the government bureau in Tibet, and procurement requests between 2016 to 2020.
As per the website of Tibet’s regional government over half a million people were trained to be part of the program in the first seven months of 2020. This is almost 15% of Tibet’s population. The report further says that 50,000 people have been transferred to various areas of Tibet and several thousand others to other parts of China. The majority of them are in low paying textile manufacturing, construction, and agriculture.
Forced Labour Program in Tibet
Adrian Zenz, an independent Tibet and Xinjiang researcher said that this is the clearest targeted attack on the Tibetan livelihoods after the cultural revolution. Tibetans are generally nomads and farmers. However, they are now forced into wage labor.
China’s foreign ministry however declined such reports and told that workers are participating voluntarily and everyone is well compensated.
This could also be a part of the ideological training that Xi Jinping indicated for Tibet. People are put into camps and brainwashed or compel to follow communism in China.
Tibet is one of the most restricted and sensitive areas in China since it was occupied by the CCP in 1950.
Foreign journalists are not allowed to enter Tibet and tourists can only go for government-approved tours.
China has put strong measures in Tibet and Xinjiang in recent times quell dissent, unrest, and freedom movement. Restrictions have been imposed on ethnic citizens to other parts of China or abroad. There is tight control over religious activities in Tibet and Xinjiang as well.