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New US report highlights China’s repressive policies in Tibet

October 5, 2017

The Congressional Executive Commission on China (CECC) has released its 2017 Annual Report and recommendations for the Administration’s China policy in which it has said that the Chinese Communist Party and government continued implementing repressive policies in Tibet through the use of extensive and intrusive surveillance, strict regulations and rules to restrict Tibetans’ fundamental rights, and pervasive displays of police and military force.

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Penpa Tsering

Testimony of Mr. Penpa Tsering, Representative of the Dalai Lama to North America, to Congressional-Executive Commission on China on December 7, 2016

December 7, 2016

Thank you for this opportunity to testify before the Congressional-Executive Commission on China regarding on our recommendations to the next United States Congress and Administration on human rights in Tibet. This is my first testimony before the United States Congress following my appointment as Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama to the Americas. Therefore, I would like to begin with offering the gratitude of the Tibetan people to the United States Congress for your consistent and strong support to His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan issue.

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Congressional Commission Report Urges for Respect of Human Rights and Implementation of the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002

October 6, 2016

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) issued today its 2016 annual report, which raised serious concerns about the human rights situation in China. In an OpEd published in the Wall Street Journal the Co-Chairs of the CECC, Representative Chris Smith and Senator Marco Rubio stated that “ Human-rights and rule-of-law conditions deteriorated again last year”.

Regarding the US government policy on Tibet the CECC stated that the United States “Administration and Congress should work together to press for unrestricted access to ethnic minority regions and to facilitate implementation of the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, including establishing a diplomatic office in Lhasa, encouraging development projects that comply with the Tibet Project Principles, and urging renewed dialogue between Chinese government officials and the Dalai Lama’s representatives.”

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Golog Jigme

Written Statement of Venerable Golog Jigme to the Congressional–Executive Commission on China Hearing

April 15, 2016

“China’s Pervasive Use of Torture”
I would like to first thank the CECC, particularly Chairman Smith and Co-Chairman Rubio, for holding this important hearing today, and for inviting me to participate. As a survivor of torture inflicted by Chinese public security officers, and now as a human rights advocate living in exile in Switzerland, I believe that it is essential for the U.S. and other governments, as well as the UN and other entities, to understand what actually happens inside Chinese detention facilities from someone who has experienced it, and to understand the human rights situation in Tibet today. Not only behind bars, but beyond the prison walls, my Tibetan brothers and sisters are suffering. I urge the CECC and the U.S. Congress to continue to pay attention to the situation inside Tibet. For the future of Tibet, it is very important to break the “lockdown” that the Chinese government has imposed around the Tibetan people. As human beings, we Tibetans have the right to peacefully express our views without fear of being arrested or tortured. We have the right to freedom of movement and to freedom of religion, and China should be held accountable for denying us these basic freedoms, and subjecting us to arbitrary detention and torture when we try to exercise these basic human rights. It is my profound hope that the CECC and Congress will continue to pay attention to the suffering of Tibetans.

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CECC 2015 Annual Report finds no evidence that China is allowing Tibetans to have a say in Tibet’s economic development

October 9, 2015

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) released its annual report for 2015 on October 8, 2015, in which it challenged China’s contention of enabling the Tibetan people to have a say in their affairs by asserting that it “observed no evidence during its 2002 to 2015 period of reporting that the Party or government solicited systematic or representative input from the Tibetan population on economic development in the Tibetan autonomous areas of China.” It said the United States government should stress to the Chinese government the importance of respecting and protecting the Tibetan culture and language.

The Commission noted that its “annual reports have documented implementation of a development model— “Chinese characteristics with Tibetan traits” that effectively boosts economic growth and household income. At the same time, officials deny Tibetans adequate rights to protect their culture, language, religion, and environment.”

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CECC Report says increase in harsh security and punitive measures in Tibet

October 10, 2014

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), in its annual report for 2014 (covering the period from fall 2013 to fall 2014) released on October 9, 2014, has said that in Tibetan areas there was an increase in harsh security and punitive measures. It also said Chinese government leaders showed no willingness to reexamine policies toward Tibetans that deny the cultural, religious, and linguistic rights or to engage in dialogue with representatives of the Dalai Lama.

In its recommendations to Members of the U.S. Congress and Administration officials, the CECC said they should urge “the Chinese government to resume contact with the Dalai Lama or his representatives and engage in dialogue without preconditions.” It added, “A Chinese government decision to engage in dialogue can result in a durable and mutually beneficial outcome for the government and Tibetans that will benefit local and regional security in coming decades.”

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Capitol Hill focuses lens on Tibet: Kalon Tripa Lobsang Sangay, Kirti Rinpoche and ICT’s Bhuchung Tsering testify before Congress

Tibetan prime minister (Kalon Tripa) Lobsang Sangay asks the United States to help resettle Tibetan refugees Kirti Rinpoche testifies to the tragic self-immolations at Kirti Monastery Bhuchung Tsering urges Congress to update the Tibetan Policy Act to recognize Tibetan democratic governance As news broke that a 12th Tibetan had self immolated in protest against Chinese […]

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Testimony of Bhuchung K. Tsering – Congressional-Executive Commission on China: 2011 Annual Report

Testimony of Bhuchung K. Tsering Vice President for Special Programs at the International Campaign for Tibet before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing on the Congressional-Executive Commission on China: 2011 Annual Report Madam Chairman, Congressman Berman, and Members of the Committee. I thank you for this opportunity to testify on the Tibet aspects of […]

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Statement of Maria Otero – Congressional-Executive Commission on China US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affair

Statement of Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, and Commissioner, Congressional-Executive Commission on China U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing on Congressional-Executive Commission on China: 2011 Annual Report Chairman Ros-Lehtinen, Ranking Member Berman, and esteemed members of the Committee, thank you […]

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“The source of all refuge in this life and the next”: CECC roundtable on the Dalai Lama’s significance to Tibetans

US Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs and Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Maria Otero participated in a roundtable discussion Wednesday July 13 , entitled “The Dalai Lama: What He Means for Tibetans Today”, featuring testimony from witnesses who have also been attending the Dalai Lama’s ongoing 10-day Kalachakra initiation at the […]

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Dozens of Tibetans imprisoned in new wave of Kardze demonstrations: protest in Lhasa by Dargye monk

Dozens of Tibetans imprisoned in Kardze in new wave of demonstrations in the holiest month of the Tibetan calendar Monk from Dargye detained in demonstration in Lhasa, already under intense crackdown and closed to tourists in the buildup to further anniversary celebrations Dozens of Tibetans have been imprisoned in a new wave of protests in […]

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Protests by students against downgrading of Tibetan language spread to Beijing

Protests by Tibetan school and college students over plans to restrict the use of their language have spread from several areas of Qinghai to Beijing, according to new reports this morning. Several hundred Tibetan students at Minzu (Chinese: Nationality) University of China protested at noon today (October 22) to express their concern about the downgrading […]

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China tightens repressive policies: CECC 2009 Annual Report

The Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC) released its 2009 Annual Report on Friday, October 16, 2009, offering a comprehensive account of human rights and rule-of-law developments in Tibet and throughout the People’s Republic of China. The annual report is the second since protests swept across Tibet in March 2008, and within its analysis of concerns, […]

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Two Tibetans sentenced to death in Lhasa

The Lhasa Intermediate People’s Court in the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), has sentenced two Tibetans to death on charges relating to “starting fatal fires”, according to an official report published yesterday. These are the first known death sentences passed against Tibetans in connection with the Lhasa riots on March 14, 2008. Two other Tibetans were […]

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Disappearances continue across Tibet: Tibetan woman sentenced for talking on telephone

A Tibetan female cadre in her thirties, Norzin Wangmo, has been sentenced to five years in prison for passing on news through the phone and internet about the situation in Tibet to the outside world, according to two sources including the Tibetan government in exile. Norzin Wangmo, from Ngaba Trochu county of Ngaba Tibetan Autonomous […]

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Sangye Lhamo

More than 80 nuns detained after peaceful protests continue in Kham

Tibetan nuns have taken a leading role in dissent in Kardze (Chinese: Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan (the Tibetan area of Kham) with two further peaceful protests on Wednesday (May 28) and at least six more separate protests since more than 50 nuns were detained after a bold demonstration on May 14. More than […]

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Monks demonstrating in Lhasa

Authorities acknowledge 4,000 detentions: thousands ‘disappear’ in ongoing Lhasa crackdown; Unrest at Drepung

Raids on people’s houses and ‘disappearances’ are continuing every day during the ongoing crackdown in Lhasa, and there are new fears for monks at Drepung monastery after more troops were deployed following unrest there over the past few days. Details of the incident at Drepung are unclear, although it is known that the unrest followed […]

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Chinese government criticizes new report by US Congressional Commission on China

A new report on human rights conditions and the development of the rule of law in China by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China states that the future of Tibetans and their religion, language and culture depends on decisions about future policies that can only be achieved by dialogue, and that the Dalai Lama is essential […]

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