Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi issued a statement on the 82nd birthday of the Dalai Lama (which falls on July 6, 2017) calling him “one of the greatest voices for human rights and peace across the globe.” Drawing attention to Tibetans in Tibet who “remain deprived of their fundamental freedoms and are struggling to preserve their […]
ICT Chairman Richard Gere visits Washington, D.C. to engage Members of Congress on Tibet; Attends observation of the Dalai Lama’s birthday on Capitol Hill
June 30, 2017
International Campaign for Tibet Board Chairman Richard Gere came down to Washington, D.C. for the third time this year to continue and deepen ICT’s engagement with Members of Congress on initiatives for Tibet, as well as to participate in a celebration of the Dalai Lama’s 82nd birthday on Capitol Hill.
During this visit, which took place on June 27 and 28, 2017, Gere took the opportunity to brief the Members on the situation in Tibet, on the vision and efforts of the Dalai Lama to solve the Tibetan issue, and on the importance of continued United States support to the Tibetan people.
Leader Nancy Pelosi, Congressional Delegation Hold Press Conference on Visit to Tibetan Communities in India & Nepal
May 16, 2017
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and members of the bipartisan Congressional Delegation to India and Nepal held a press conference on May 16, 2017 to discuss their support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and America’s continuing commitment to ensuring the protection of Tibetan religion, culture, language, and human rights. Click ‘Continue Reading’ to see a recording of the press conference by Radio Free Asia:
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.
Part of trip to Asia & Europe focusing on national security, global economy, bilateral and multilateral relations, and human rights
May 5, 2017
A bipartisan Congressional delegation led by Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is visiting Dharamsala in India on May 9 and 10 to meet with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the leadership of the Central Tibetan Administration, and representatives of Tibetan civil society.
Pelosi Asks Trump to Raise Violations of Human Rights in China and Tibet During Meeting with Xi Jinping
April 6, 2017
Ahead of a U.S. visit by President Xi Jinping of China, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to President Trump saying, “violations of human rights in China and Tibet challenge the conscience of the world”.
Leader Pelosi added, “I believe, Mr. President, that if we do not speak out clearly for human rights in China because of commercial interests, we lose all moral authority to speak out for human rights anyplace in the world.”
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.
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.
The Dalai Lama Meets President Obama and Bipartisan Congressional Leadership, Reflecting Continued Support for Tibetans’ Rights
June 17, 2016
The Dalai Lama visited Washington, D.C. from June 12 to 16, 2016 during which he met with President Barack Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Additionally, His Holiness visited American University and addressed a packed Bender Arena on “A Peaceful Mind in a Modern World,” and interacted with youth leaders at the US Institute of Peace and National Endowment for Democracy. The NED event bestowed posthumous honors on the late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, who died in prison in July 2015 after 13 years of detention, and on the Central Tibetan Administration.
The International Campaign for Tibet was privileged to host a conversation between the Dalai Lama and our Board Chairman Richard Gere in front of a group of 200 invited members.
The Dalai Lama’s meeting with Congressional leaders on June 14 and with President Obama on June 15 are a reflection of the continued sympathy and support for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people that exist within US institutions and the American public.
June 10, 2016
The Capital Area Tibetan Association, which is organizing a public talk by the Dalai Lama to be given in Washington, DC, announced that Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will be present at the talk. Democratic Leader Pelosi has been a stalwart friend of Tibet, most recently leading a Congressional delegation to Tibet in late 2015.
According to a Capital Area Tibetan Association press release:
The Capital Area Tibetan Association (CATA) is pleased to confirm House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi will offer greetings at the Dalai Lama’s Public Talk, “A Peaceful Mind in a Modern World” on Monday, June 13th at American University’s Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.
Leader Pelosi has been a decades-long steadfast friend and supporter of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Tibetan people. In November 2015, she led a delegation of Members of Congress on a visit to Tibet.
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.
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Democratic members hold press conference following historic visit to Tibet and China
Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Members of the Congressional Delegation who traveled to Tibet and China held a press conference on November 17, 2015 following their historic visit last week. Here is a video recording and transcript of the press conference.
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. […]
Tibet Party boss speaks of establishing “red lines” in the anti-Dalai Lama struggle as Nancy Pelosi visits Lhasa
November 13, 2015
Tibet’s Party boss has underlined the imperative of extinguishing inner loyalty to the Dalai Lama among Tibetan officials and preventing them from attending teachings in exile, as the importance of the “anti-separatist struggle” is emphasized at the highest levels in Beijing. His comments were made in the same week as the unannounced visit to Lhasa of one of the Dalai Lama’s most prominent supporters globally, Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic leader of the House of Representatives, and a Congressional delegation.
Unusually, the official newspaper Global Times implied some criticism of Tibet Autonomous Region Party chief Chen Quanguo’s comments when it stated that it was nevertheless “difficult to spot” “separatism”, and that “local governments should provide more information of [the Dalai Lama’s] activities in a transparent and open manner.” (Global Times, November 11, 2015).
Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson, Alaska – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today issued the following statement after leading a historic Congressional delegation to Tibet, Beijing and Hong Kong: TIBET: “Our delegation was grateful for the opportunity to travel to Lhasa, Tibet to observe, learn and listen about life on the Tibetan plateau. “We engaged in candid […]
November 12, 2015
Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Leader of the House of Representatives and one of the most prominent supporters of the Dalai Lama worldwide, made an unannounced visit to Lhasa, Tibet, this week, meeting the Communist Party chief of the region.
Nancy Pelosi, who has been one of the most forceful critics of China’s policies and human rights record in Tibet, is leading a delegation of Congressional Democrats on a trip to China. The delegation has not yet made a statement about her visit or spoken to reporters, but prior to going into meetings today at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Ms. Pelosi said she had shared views on Tibet following her visit and hoped that “some of that conversation will be useful.”
Remarks by Leader Nancy Pelosi and Presidential Advisor Valerie Jarrett at Dalai Lama’s 80th Birthday event
July 22, 2015
On July 10, 2015, the North American Tibetan Associations organized a public ceremony to offer gratitude to the Dalai Lama in celebration of his 80th birthday.
It was attended by Tibetans and from the broader American society, as well as from Mongolia, Tuva, Buryat & Kalmyk regions of Russian Federation, Bhutan, Himalayan regions in Nepal, India, etc.
Among those who addressed the gathering included President Barack Obama’s advisor Valerie Jarrett, House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay, Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Penpa Tsering, ICT Board Chairman Richard Gere, etc.
We are posting here the video and transcript of the remarks made by Ms. Jarrett and Leader Pelosi.
The International Campaign for Tibet held a reception in Russell Senate Office Building to honor Mr. Lodi Gyari, who retired as Executive Chairman of our Board, in December 2014. Participants included Democratic Leader Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Senator Mark Kirk, Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Congressman Tom Emmer, Representative of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Kaydor Aukatsang; former US […]
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