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Chinese tech firm bars Tibetans and Uyghurs applying for a job

A Chinese technology company has published a job advert which bars Tibetans, Uyghurs, Mongolians and Sichuanese people from applying. Tibet Watch has obtained a copy of the advert.

The advert by Lens Technology which is headquartered in the Chinese province of Hunan and has over 60,000 employees said it can “accept other ethnic minorities” for the job posting as long as they are not Tibetan, Uyghur, Mongolian or Sichuanese. 

The firm sells glass touch panels for digital devices and have supplied components for use in Apple products. Its advert wanted workers for the “main production” of phone displays who were between 16 and 50, with no tattoos, criminal record or piercings.

The job advert barring Tibetans and other minorities was posted despite Chinese law stating everyone has equal employment rights based on merit and those who are disabled or from minority groups should be given support.

Tibet Watch’s research team has recorded other instances of discrimination against Tibetans. Hotels in Chengdu do not rent rooms to Tibetans, some car dealers do not sell them vehicles and they are not given travel permits to major cities like Hong Kong and Shanghai.

In May, a Tibetan student at Minzu University in Lanzhou City was arrested after he wrote an essay which criticised the falling number of government job opportunities for Tibetans.

The master’s degree student, called Sonam, was forcefully taken from the Chinese university by the Tibet Education Bureau after he wrote the essay for his civil service entrance exam.

Despite announcements by local authorities of rising employment, Tibetan students have been expressing growing frustration over a lack of government job opportunities available to them in the last two years.

Michael Selby-Green