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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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His Holiness the Dalai Lama with Senator Mark Warner

Dalai Lama welcomed by U.S. Congress, makes history delivering opening prayer

March 7, 2014

His Holiness visited the United States Congress yesterday, as part of his official Washington itinerary during his two-week long visit to the United States. The public highlight was his unprecedented offering of the opening prayer in the United States Senate.

“The long, warm and productive relationship between the Dalai Lama and the U.S. Congress endures,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. “His good heart, wisdom and message have inspired Congress to create a set of policies and programs to help Tibetans in their quest for rights and dignity.”

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