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ICT Chair Richard Gere

Committee on Foreign Affairs hearing calls for reciprocal access, religious freedom, and human rights in Tibet

December 6, 2017

Richard Gere, Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet, testified today (December 6) at a Congressional hearing on U.S. Tibet policy in Washington, DC, saying that he was “knocked out” by the support and proposals from U.S. lawmakers during the nearly two-hour long session.

At the hearing, hosted by the Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific, members of the Committee and the witnesses who gave testimony called for substantive action to resolve the Tibet issue, in the context of a wide-ranging debate covering China’s place in the world, the Dalai Lama and the succession issue, the strategic importance of Tibet to the PRC, and other issues. The Subcommittee hearing came amid efforts to advance the bipartisan Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act and a Concurrent Resolution in support of Tibet’s place in American foreign policy. Tenzin Tethong, Director of the Tibetan Service of Radio Free Asia, and Carl Gershman, President of the National Endowment for Democracy, also testified.

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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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Representatives Jim McGovern and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Draw Attention to Tibet in U.S. House of Representatives

May 2, 2017

Representatives Jim McGovern (Democrat from Massachusetts) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (Republican from Florida) spoke today in the House of Representatives to draw attention to the situation inside Tibet. Participating in the General Speeches period as the House began its session, they displayed a large portrait of the Dalai Lama, spoke about their support for the aspirations of the Tibetan people, the respect they have for the Dalai Lama, and about their work in the United States proactively promoting initiatives on Tibet.

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On Eve of Chinese President’s US visit, Congressional Bicameral Bill Calls for Americans to Receive the Same Access to Tibet that Chinese Citizens Enjoy in the United States

McGovern, Hultgren, Rubio, Baldwin introduce Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act in both House and Senate of the US Congress to lift restrictions on US citizens’ access to Tibet

April 4, 2017

On the eve of the first summit between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping, a bipartisan legislation to promote access by Americans to Tibetan areas, which is routinely denied by Chinese authorities, has been introduced by Senator Rubio (R-FL) and Baldwin (D-WI) in the Senate and by Congressmen McGovern (D-MI) and Hultgren (R-WI) in the House of Representatives of the United States Congress on April 4, 2017.

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Members of Congress Express Solidarity with Tibetans on National Uprising Day Anniversary

March 10, 2017

Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement in observance of Tibetan Uprising Day, which commemorates resistance to occupation by Chinese government forces in Tibet on March 10, 1959:

“Each March 10th, we honor the determination of those who stood against the Chinese government’s brutal attack on Tibetans during the Lhasa Uprising. These people of faith, propelled by the longing to preserve their religion and culture stood defiant in the face of oppression. Refusing to be silenced by violence; they cried out for their just cause. And, around the world, we heard them and continue to hear their cause today.

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Jim McGovern

Members of Congress Urge President Obama to formulate new, creative strategies to encourage meaningful dialogue and protect Tibetan rights

August 19, 2016

Seventy-two Members of Congress of the United States have urged President Barack Obama to formulate “new, creative strategies to encourage meaningful dialogue, protect Tibetan rights, and preserve their unique cultural, religious and linguistic identity” during the remaining months of his term in office.

This appeal was contained in a letter that was initiated by Congressman Jim McGovern. The letter also urges the Administration to take proactive steps to support the Dalai Lama and Tibet. Following is the press statement and text of the letter, along with the names of the Members of Congress who signed it.

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Representative Jim McGovern

Rep. Jim McGovern Led a Special Order on Tibet in the U.S. House of Representatives to Coincide with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s Visit to Washington

June 23, 2016

On the evening of June 13, 2016, Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA) led a Special Order on Tibet on the floor of the House of Representatives, which was scheduled to coincide with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s arrival in Washington, D.C. A Special Order is a procedure that enables a Member of the House to speak on any topic they wish, for a specified period of time, after all legislative business is concluded for the day.

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“U.S. should speak out for Tibet” – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi & Rep. Jim McGovern

March 10, 2016

Following their historic visit to Tibet as part of a US congressional delegation last November, Democratic Leader Pelosi and Representative Jim McGovern have published an op-ed in USA Today on the 57th anniversary of the 1959 Tibetan National Uprising. Describing their experiences in Tibet, Pelosi and McGovern call on Chinese authorities to engage the Dalai Lama in dialogue as part of what they describe as a “narrow but real” opportunity for the Chinese government to re-evaluate its policy toward Tibet.

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US Congressmen call on Chinese authorities to stop persecuting relatives of self-immolators in Tibet

February 11, 2016

On February 4, 2016, the Co-Chairs of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC), Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) issued a press release to announce that they “wrote a letter to the Chinese Government to express their deep concern regarding the prosecution and labeling as “criminals” of relatives and friends of self-immolators, and potentially entire communities in which the self-immolators lived.”

Since 2009, 143 Tibetans have self-immolated inside Tibet and most of them have died as a result of this tragic act of protest. Most of the self-immolators have called for an end to the repressive policies implemented by the Chinese Government in Tibet and have called for the return of the Dalai Lama.

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Congressman Jim McGovern concludes Congressional delegation visit to China

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), the Co-Chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, issued the following statement after joining Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers on an historic Congressional delegation to Tibet, Beijing and Hong Kong. Click here to view a photo of Congressman McGovern with the delegation in Tibet. […]

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Congressman McGovern Statement on Death of Tibetan Activist Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

July 20, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman Jim McGovern (MA-02), a senior House Democrat and Co-Chairman of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, released the following statement on the death of Tibetan activist Tenzin Delek Rinpoche:

“Last week I was deeply saddened to learn of the tragic death of the well-known Tibetan monk, Tenzin Delek Rinpoche. Tenzin Delek was serving a life sentence under very harsh conditions for allegedly ‘causing explosions’ and ‘inciting separatism,’ charges against which he steadfastly maintained his innocence. Just last April, I had written to the U.S. State Department to encourage our government officials to prioritize Tenzin Delek’s release on medical parole, because he was reported to be suffering from serious health problems. In late June, the State Department assured me the message had been transmitted, but now we see that China turned a callous blind eye to my pleas and those of many others. The Chinese authorities bear direct responsibility for Tenzin Delek’s unnecessary death.

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ICT welcomes U.S. legislation to promote access to Tibet

Reps. McGovern, Pitts introduce Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act

June 12, 2014

Today, Members of Congress introduced bipartisan legislation to promote travel by Americans to Tibetan areas where access is routinely denied by Chinese authorities.

The bill, H.R. 4851, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, was introduced by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Joseph Pitts (R-PA) on June 12, 2014.

“The bill’s premise is straightforward. If China doesn’t allow foreigners into Tibet, then we shouldn’t allow Chinese officials with oversight on Tibet into our countries, said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. “Chinese leaders praise the landscape and people of Tibet, yet keep it hidden from view. Freedom of access to Tibet should be demanded of China just as established powers already provide to their own nations. I thank Congressmen McGovern and Pitts for their leadership.”

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Bhuchung Tsering

Congressional panel calls for “urgent” and “bold” action on Tibet on eve of Obama-Xi summit

June 6, 2013

ICT’s Bhuchung Tsering testifies with four recommendations to President Obama

At a June 5 hearing on “human rights in Tibet” on the eve of the summit between Presidents Barack Obama and Xi Jinping, leaders of Congress’ Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission called on the Obama Administration to give new impetus to actions that will improve conditions in Tibet.

Commission Co-Chair Frank Wolf (R-VA) said we “have to do something bold and different” on Tibet, called for the next Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues to “bring a freshness to the issue,” and labeled the situation inside Tibet as one of “cultural genocide.” He also urged the State Department to consult the Tibetan community on who they think would be appropriate for the post of the Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issue.

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Bhuchung Tsering

Testimony of Bhuchung K. Tsering at the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission hearing on Tibet

Washington, DC
June 5, 2013

I thank the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for this opportunity to testify today. I would like to address the topic of this hearing in the context of the current critical situation in Tibet.

This hearing is timely as President Barack Obama is preparing to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping in California. Therefore, I would like to highlight the situation in Tibet and what the Obama Administration should do about it, including during the upcoming summit.

In his first speech after becoming the new head of the Chinese Communist Party on November 15, 2012, Xi Jinping said, “In the new situation, our Party faces many severe challenges.” In the same speech, Xi also said, “…Chinese people have opened up a good and beautiful home where all ethnic groups live in harmony and fostered an excellent culture that never fades.”

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Members of Congress urge administration to lead effort to end Tibet crisis

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written to President Obama asking that the “United States take a leading role and engage actively with partner nations on measures that could bring near-term improvements in the human rights situation in Tibet.” The letter, dated December 20, 2012, was authored by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and […]

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Congressmen ask State Department to undertake visible, public diplomacy on Tibet

Congressmen Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Frank Wolf (R-VA) sent a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on August 9, 2012, calling for the United States to “increase diplomatic and international pressure on the Chinese government to reverse the crisis in Tibet.” The letter observes that the situation in Tibet has demonstrably worsened, as the […]

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