10th of December 2019 marks the 71st anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The Declaration was published in 1949 and states 30 articles describing universal rights, to set an international standard for human rights. That is why the SFT India Network created a postcard of photomosaic with portraits of 71 political prisoners to represent the stories of millions of Tibetans who are under the Communist Party of China. The postcards are handed out to pedestrians and give an introduction to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and China’s violations of Human rights inside Tibet. Even though this day is celebrated across the world for the first global enunciation of human rights, it is also a necessity to draw attention to the violations of human rights still happening in Tibet.
China is an active member of the United Nations. Despite China has repeatedly been elected as a member of the United Nations Human Rights Council, domestic policies violate many of the rights China has been elected to uphold. Tibetan political prisoners have experienced torture, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment without trial. Furthermore, China has criminalized the practice of religion, expression of unfavorable political opinions and the practice of peaceful protests.