U.S. Government & Legislative Advocacy

President Obama meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

President Obama meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the Map Room of the White House, Saturday, July 16, 2011. (The White House)

The United States Government has a long record of policy and programs to protect the unique Tibetan culture and identity and to promote dialogue toward a political solution to the Tibet problem. Through our Government Relations department, ICT works with:

  • The U.S. Congress to advance legislation that provides funding for programs that benefit Tibetans, and to keep Tibet current on the U.S. foreign policy agenda; and
  • The U.S. State Department, and especially the Office of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, to ensure that Tibet’s interests are addressed in U.S. foreign policy.

While it is the position of the United States Government that Tibet is a part of the People’s Republic of China, Administrations of both parties have urged the Chinese leadership to engage in dialogue with the Dalai Lama in order to resolve the grievances of the Tibetan people. The State Department singles out rights abuses in Tibet in special sections in its annual reports on human rights and religious freedom.

The State Department’s policy on Tibet is coordinated by the a Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, as mandated by Congress. In addition, the United States has provided political and programmatic support to the Tibetan people, including humanitarian assistance to Tibetan refugees living in exile, economic development inside Tibet, cultural and educational exchange programs, and independent Tibetan language broadcasts into Tibet.

Legislation in Congress ›
Pieces of legislation addressing Tibet that have been considered by the United States Congress.


U.S. Presidential Statements on Meetings with the Dalai Lama, 1991-2016 ›
Official statements released by the White House.


Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues ›
The appointment of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues is mandated by the Tibetan Policy Act.

Tibet Funding ›
Annual Congressional funding of Tibet programs.


State Department Annual Reports on Tibet ›
Reports on the dialogue, human rights practices, and international religious freedom.