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Friends and family of Lodi Gyari at a memorial event.

Congressional Leaders, former US president and fellow activists remember late ICT chairman at Capitol Hill event

March 15, 2019

The sun was radiant, and it was surrounded by a glowing ring.

That breathtaking image was blown up and put on an easel at a service on Capitol Hill on March 12, 2019 where Sen. Dianne Feinstein —alongside fellow friends , colleagues and family members of Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari—paid tribute to the remarkable Tibetan leader who helped the Dalai Lama make his people’s struggle for justice and human rights a major priority for the United States and governments around the world.

Lodi Gyari, the retired special envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, senior official of the Central Tibetan Administration and executive chairman of the International Campaign for Tibet, passed away in San Francisco on Oct. 29, 2018.

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US Members of Congress Introduce Resolutions to Commemorate Tibet’s 1959 Uprising as “Tibetan Rights Day”

February 15, 2018

Today, Senators Leahy (D), Feinstein (D), and Cruz (R) and Representatives McGovern (D) and Hultgren (R), introduced companion resolutions to commemorate the 1959 Tibetan Uprising as “Tibetan Rights Day” on March 10, and to support the human rights and religious freedom of the Tibetan people in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.

The resolutions recall that on March 10, 1959 the people of Lhasa rose to protect the residence of the Dalai Lama, fearing for his life, and that an estimated 87,000 were later killed during the ensuing violent crackdown orchestrated by the Chinese Communist Party. Furthermore, the resolutions recalls that March 10, 2018 is also the tenth anniversary of the 2008 protests that started in Lhasa and then spread across the Tibetan plateau, which were brutally suppressed by Chinese authorities. At least 152 Tibetans have self-immolated inside the PRC in protest against Chinese rule since then.

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Senator Feinstein asks China’s Global Times to retract its threat to UC San Diego for inviting Dalai Lama

June 22, 2017

Dianne Feinstein, the prominent and influential US Senator from California, said the recent Global Times editorial threatening the University of California San Diego and Chancellor Pradeep Khosla is unconscionable and asked it to retract the report earlier today (June 22, 2017). The Global Times is a Chinese Communist Party mouthpiece and propaganda outlet.

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Resolution Honoring His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 80th Birthday introduced in US Senate

June 11, 2015

We are thrilled to share that Senator Feinstein just introduced a resolution honoring His Holiness the Dalai Lama on his 80th Birthday. She was joined by longtime supporters of His Holiness and Tibet Senators Mark Kirk (R-Ill.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), as original cosponsors. We wish to thank them all for standing with the Tibetan people on this auspicious occasion.

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US Senate Committee recommends 5,000 visas for displaced Tibetans; measure faces long process in House and Senate before enactment

The Senate Judiciary Committee has adopted a measure to provide immigration visas to 5,000 displaced Tibetans residing in India and Nepal. The amendment, offered by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), was passed by voice vote and incorporated into the immigration reform legislation being crafted by the Committee. “The Feinstein amendment serves American domestic, humanitarian and foreign […]

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U.S. Senators urge Tibet agenda for Secretary Kerry visit to China

Read the letter » Twenty one United States Senators have written to Secretary of State John Kerry asking him to “make Tibet an integral issue” during his first visit to China as Secretary on April 13. The bipartisan letter, authored by Senators Mark Udall (D-CO), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), calls for Secretary […]

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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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US Congress passes bill to award the Dalai Lama the Congressional Gold Medal – bill cosponsored by 387 members of US House and Senate

The US House of Representatives today passed a bill to award the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s exiled leader, the Congressional Gold Medal, the nation’s highest civilian honor. The award is in recognition of the Dalai Lama’s advocacy of religious harmony, non-violence, and human rights throughout the world and for his efforts to find a peaceful solution […]

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Feinstein introduces bid to award Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal

Senator Diane Feinstein (D-CA) and Senator Craig Thomas (R-WY) introduced the 14th Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal Act today, as part of a campaign to award the Dalai Lama, Tibet’s leader in exile, the Congressional Gold Medal, one of the U.S. government’s highest honors. The legislation has 75 Republican and Democratic co-sponsors. Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari, […]

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Nepal adopts new policy of protection for Tibetan refugees

Following the May 31 forced deportation of 18 Tibetan refugees from Kathmandu by Nepalese authorities working in collusion with the Chinese Embassy, an international campaign of governmental and non-governmental approaches targeting the government of Nepal has resulted in Nepal’s official adoption of a new policy of protection for Tibetan refugees. “This is a significant achievement […]

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Senate introduces resolution in support of the Dalai Lama’s efforts and commitment to non-violence

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Sam Brownback (R-KS) and Joseph Biden (D-DE) have introduced a resolution welcoming His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Washington, D.C., in September and recognizing him for his lifelong commitment to non-violence and human rights. The Dalai Lama is visiting Washington, D.C., from September 9 to 11 to meet with key U.S. […]

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Major Tibet legislation signed into law, urges ‘substantive dialogue’ between Dalai Lama and Beijing

US President George Bush signed the Tibetan Policy Act (TPA) into law yesterday as part of the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Years 2002 and 2003 (H.R. 1646). The Tibetan Policy Act was introduced in May 2001 as S. 852 by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Craig Thomas (R-WY) and as H.R. 1779 by […]

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Chairman of Tibetan Cabinet visits Washington, DC

Prof. Samdhong Rinpoche, Kalon Tripa (Chairman of the Tibetan Cabinet), arrived in Washington, D.C. on July 9, 2002 for three days of meetings with U.S. officials, Members of Congress and others. On July 9, after a briefing on the International Campaign for Tibet’s work, Samdhong Rinpoche attended a reception hosted by the National Endowment for […]

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Senator Feinstein says Tibetan cause is just one

U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein said on July 10, 2002, that the Tibetan cause is a just one and stressed the importance of the continuation and perpetuation of Tibetan culture. She said that she has worked to safeguard the Tibetan culture since 1978 when she first came in contact with His Holiness the Dalai Lama and […]

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News conference

On Wednesday, May 9, at 9:30 a.m., Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), will unveil legislation to help the Tibetans safeguard their identity as a people and a nation, and to support His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s efforts to achieve a negotiated solution for Tibet. Its introduction coincides with a three-week visit […]

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Major Tibet legislation introduced in Congress

The Tibetan Policy Act of 2001 will be introduced today by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Craig Thomas (R-WY) in the Senate and Congressmen Tom Lantos (D-CA) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) in the House of Representatives. Its introduction coincides with the Dalai Lama’s three-week visit to the United States in May. He will visit Minneapolis, […]

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