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Education in Tibet

Changes to language laws in Tibet have provoked outrage amongst a number of MEPs during a human rights debate on 25 November 2010.

The Chinese authorities have moved the education system in the province from a bilingual system, to one where Chinese is the dominant language, instead of native languages.

Estonian liberal MEP Kristiina Ojuland urged EU diplomats to bring the issue up as a priority in with future talks with the Chinese government.

However German green MEP Reinhard Bütikofer said it was wrong for the parliament to take a critical stance before a full "dialogue" had taken place with the authorities.

A number of MEPs used the debate to highlight linguistic minorities in Europe, such as Hungarian eurosceptic Csanad Szegedi who complained about the treatment of Hungarian minorities in countries such as Slovakia.

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