SFT Outraged by UNESCO Approval of China’s Kokoxili Designation

The 41st session of the World Heritage Committee on Friday approved to put Tibet’s Kokoxili ( Hoh Xil in Chinese) on the World Heritage List as a natural site. Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) is outraged by the unjust decision of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) to approve China’s nomination of Kokoxili as a World Heritage Site.

Pema Yoko, Interim Executive Director of SFT said, “It is outrageous that the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, through their decision to make Tibet’s Kokoxili (Chinese: Hoh Xil) a Heritage site, has given China the green light to continue with its plan to forcibly remove Tibetan nomads off their traditional lands and, ultimately, wipe out this ancient way of life.

UNESCO is supposed to uphold and safeguard the world’s culture, but this shameful decision will do exactly the opposite and will ultimately assist China in denying Tibetans their fundamental rights.”

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