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Leader Nancy Pelosi Remarks at Public Ceremony Hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Honor of Bipartisan Delegation Visit

May 10, 2017

Dharamsala, India – U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi delivered remarks at a ceremony hosted by His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the Tsuglagkhang Temple in honor of the visit by a bipartisan Congressional delegation.

“What we see here today in support of the Tibetan people – we have said, as we stayed here – we have said to the top leadership of the Chinese Government. We recognize that China weighs heavily on any country, any corporation, any person – Richard Gere can attest to that – who speaks out for the Tibetan people. China uses its economic leverage to silence the voices of friends of Tibet. But if we do not speak out against oppression in Tibet because of China’s economic power, we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights anywhere else in the world.

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United States Commission on International Religious Freedom annual report

April 30, 2014

On April 30, 2014, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom released its annual report for 2014. It found that “[f]or Tibetan Buddhists … conditions are worse now than at any time in the past decade.”

The Commission is an “independent, bipartisan U.S. federal government commission dedicated to defending the universal right to freedom of religion or belief abroad.” It issues reports and makes policy recommendations to the President, the State Department, and Congress.

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Maria Otero and Lodi Gyari

US government statements regarding US Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues’ visit to India

U.S. Under Secretary for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero visits India U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, India Press Releases 2011 February 8, 2011 Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs María Otero is visiting India February 8-11, traveling to Karnataka and New Delhi. In Karnataka, Under Secretary Otero is visiting the Bylakuppe […]

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European Parliament Resolution of 12 March 2009 on the 50th Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising

European Parliament resolution of 12 March 2009 on the 50th anniversary of the Tibetan uprising and dialogue between His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Government The European Parliament, – having regard to its previous resolutions on China and Tibet, in particular its resolutions of 10 April 2008 on Tibet (Texts adopted, P6_TA(2008)0119.) and […]

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Senator Obama condemns China’s use of force on Tibetans

Senator Barack Obama has condemned the use of violence by China to put down peaceful protests in Tibet and called on the Chinese Government to respect the human rights of the Tibetans and to account for the detained demonstrators. In a statement on March 14, 2008, Obama said these protests “demonstrate the continuing frustration of […]

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Speaker Pelosi asks China to free Tibetans detained for peaceful demonstrations

US Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked the Chinese Government to free the Tibetans who have been imprisoned for peacefully protesting in Tibet. In remarks at a press conference in Washington, D.C., on April 1, 2008, on her congressional delegation trip to India and Europe,”The Chinese government is saying His Holiness is the instigator of violence–here is […]

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Senator Lugar asks China to address root cause of Tibetan unrest, deplores China’s attack against the Dalai Lama

US Senator Dick Lugar, the Senior Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, has said that China “should address the root causes of the unrest, which are related to Tibetans; growing belief that their culture, religion and economic status are under threat from Chinese policies.” In a statement on March 31, 2008, Lugar said he was […]

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Obama writes to Bush expressing concern on Tibet, says US should ask UN to send investigation team

US presidential hopeful Senator Barack Obama has written a letter to President George Bush saying the situation in Tibet is very disturbing and calling on the United States and other governments to ask the UN to send an investigation team to Tibet. In the letter, dated March 28, 2008, Obama called on Bush to employ […]

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Bush phones Hu Jintao on Tibet, calls for access to diplomats

President George Bush phoned Chinese President Hu Jintao on March 26, 2008 to express his concerns about the situation in Tibet and to call for access to journalists and diplomats to Tibet. Bush also “encouraged the Chinese government to engage in substantive dialogue with the Dalai Lama’s representatives,” according to a statement by the White […]

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House Foreign Affairs Chair asks China to negotiate with the Dalai Lama

Congressman Howard Berman, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee urged the Chinese Government to end its brutal crackdown in Tibet and to “immediately enter into direct negotiations with the Dalai Lama to bring peace to Tibet.” In a statement released on March 17, 2008, Congressman Berman said, “Over the next few days, it is […]

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Senator Clinton urges China to prevent further escalation of conflict in Tibet

Senator Hillary Clinton has expressed her deep concern at the “violent clashes” in Tibet and called on the Chinese government to prevent further escalation of this conflict. In a statement released on March 15, 2008, she said, “Upholding freedom and human rights in Tibet will happen through negotiation, and with a commitment on all sides […]

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Senator McCain urges China to address root causes for unrest in Tibet

Senator John McCain has deplored the violent crackdown by Chinese authorities and the continuing oppression in Tibet. In a statement on March 18, 2008, he urged China to address the root causes of unrest in Tibet by opening a genuine dialogue with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Following is the full statement of Senator John […]

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Secretary Rice urges China to address Tibet policies that have created tensions

Secretary Condoleezza Rice has expressed sadness at the Chinese action on peaceful Tibetan protests and has urged China “to address policies in Tibetan areas that have created tensions due to their impact on Tibetan religion, culture, and livelihoods.” In a statement on March 15, 2008, Secretary Rice said, “President Bush has consistently encouraged the Chinese […]

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President Bush, the Dalai Lama, Speaker Nancy Pelosi

Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony: transcripts of speeches

President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Speaker Pelosi, and representatives from both sides of the House gave unique tributes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the ceremony on Capitol Hill on October 17 to honor the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal. Transcripts of the speeches are published below. The video includes the […]

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Congressional hearing

Congress sends a message to Bush administration that China needs to get its house in order, including on Tibet

The House Foreign Affairs Committee held a hearing today on “The Future of Political, Economic and Security Relations with China.” This was the Committee’s second China hearing, following a hearing on Tibet in March. Chairman Tom Lantos and Ranking Republican Member Ileana Ros-Lehtinen made several strong statements regarding Tibet and the dialogue between envoys of […]

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Speaker Pelosi says solution to Tibet will bolster China’s international reputation

United States House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said that ‘A negotiated agreement’ between Tibetan envoys and Chinese authorities “would ensure internal stability in Tibet and bolster China’s reputation in the world.” In a statement released on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day on March 10, 2007, Pelosi […]

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