Tibetan DNA

Global Week of Action 2023 - China - hands off Tibetan's DNA

China's New Attack on Tibet: Stealing Tibetan DNA!

China’s repressive rule in Tibet has taken a sinister new turn: police are now systematically taking DNA samples from Tibetans, including children as young as five.

As many as 1.2 million Tibetans have had DNA samples taken to build a sweeping genetic database that will add to Beijing’s growing surveillance capabilities, giving China unprecedented power to monitor Tibetans, violate their privacy, and persecute them.

Aiding and abetting this mass stealing of Tibetans’ DNA is Thermo Fisher Scientific, a global company that has allowed its DNA kits to be supplied to police forces in occupied Tibet.

Thermo Fisher claims to be an ethical company, so why is it aiding China as it attempts to subject an entire people to a lifetime of surveillance and fear? Tell Thermo Fisher to stop making a profit from Tibet’s occupation! 


Join us for a crucial discussion on China's DNA theft!

Live Wednesday 24 May

As part of a ‘HANDS OFF TIBETANS’ DNA’ Global Week of Action an expert panel of researchers, scientists and activists will discuss the ethics of mass DNA collection in Tibet, primarily focusing on breaking down Thermo Fisher’s corporate responsibility and their involvement in China’s newest attack on Tibetan identity. Panelists will be discussing issues of privacy and consent, including how this DNA sampling and collection is being used to reinforce systemic racism and discrimination by China against Tibetans.

Urge Thermo Fisher CEO Marc Casper to end this deadly deal with China immediately!


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Tibetans-in-exile strongly condemn China’s mass DNA collection drive in Tibet


Tibetan Rights Groups condemn Thermo Fisher Scientific for supplying DNA kits to CCP: Report


Legislators call for sanctions on firms complicit in mass DNA harvesting of Tibetans and Uyghurs


Commissioners Ask Thermo Fisher if Products Involved in Human Rights Abuses in Tibet


Tibetans demand answers from US company over supply chain linked to China’s mass DNA collection in Tibet

Tibet Network

New Evidence of Mass DNA Collection in Tibet
Rural Areas, Children Targeted for Intrusive Policing

Human Rights Watch

Mass DNA Collection in the Tibet Autonomous Region from 2016–2022

The Citizens Lab



China collecting DNA samples from across Tibet, says rights group


Thermo Fisher DNA Collection Kits Purchased by Police in Tibet

The Scientist

Deep Dive | China’s expanding DNA surveillance raises concern

India Today

“The Chinese government is already subjecting Tibetans to pervasive repression. Now the authorities are literally taking blood without consent to strengthen their surveillance capabilities.”

Sophie Richardson, Human Rights Watch, 2022

Students For A Free Tibet