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Copyright (c) 2010 The Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University, Carlisle, PA
Penn State Environmental Law Review

Comment: China's Dumping Ground: Genocide Through Nuclear Ecocide in Tibet

Winter, 2010

Penn State Environmental Law Review

18 Penn St. Envtl. L. Rev. 213


Christina M. Heischmidt*


I. Introduction
Grave concerns have arisen about China's nuclear buildup and environmental degradation in Tibet, both of which have come to the forefront of international attention. Through uranium mining, nuclear research and design, and subsequent nuclear dumping, the Tibetan plateau has transformed from ecologically balanced and independent to an area so environmentally degraded that the water that flows through Tibet has affected surrounding countries.

China's use of Tibet for its nuclear production and dumping effectively constitutes genocide of the Tibetan people. 1 The United Nation's Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide defines genocide as:

Any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethical, racial or religion group, as such: (a) killing of members in the group; (b) causing serious bodily injury or mental harm to members of the group; (c) deliberately inflicting upon the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; (d) imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; (e) forcibly transferring children of the group to another group." 2
By intentionally exposing Tibetans to an environment degraded by nuclear waste, the ecocide 3 of Tibet results in the eradication of ethnic Tibetans.

This Comment will discuss the genocide of the Tibetan population through nuclear environmental degradation. The history of China's ethnic cleansing of Tibetans through ecocide is presented infra Part II. Part II.A discusses the history of Tibet since ...
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