Support Dalai Lama for return to Tibet: Lawmakers to Barack Obama

The letter asks Barack Obama to publicly and regularly call for the immediate and unconditional release of all Tibetan political prisoners held by the People’s Republic of China

By: PTI | Washington | Published:August 19, 2016 10:28 am
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A group of 72 American lawmakers have asked US President Barack Obama to publicly support the right of the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet and call for an immediate and unconditional release of all Tibetan political prisoners languishing in China.

“We write to ask that you redouble efforts in support of the Tibetan people during your remaining months in office. We believe it is critically important to move beyond words to actions,” the lawmakers said in a letter to Obama.

“The Tibetan people view the US as their friend. It is time to honour that friendship with new, creative strategies to encourage meaningful dialogue, protect Tibetan rights, and preserve their unique cultural, religious and linguistic identity,” the three-page letter, dated August 17, said.

The letter, organised by Congressman Jim McGovern, urged Obama to invite the Dalai Lama to every event, on every occasion, where his knowledge and decades of reflections would be helpful for addressing the world’s problems.

The letter, released on Thursday, call for the US government to facilitate the involvement of the Dalai Lama or his representatives in the global debate on climate change and its potential consequences given Tibet’s fragile environment, rapid warming and critically important reserves of freshwater.

Urging the US government to publicly support the right of the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet, the letter asks Obama to publicly and regularly call for the immediate and unconditional release of all Tibetan political prisoners held by the People’s Republic of China whose cases have been documented by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China.

It seeks establishment of a US consular office in Lhasa, Tibet to help the US observe and address the obstacles to freedom of movement that affect both Tibetans within China, and US citizens, including Tibetan-Americans, who seek to travel to Tibetan areas of China.

The letter also seeks enforcement of norms of reciprocity to ensure that senior Chinese officials responsible for restricting the access of US officials, journalists, Tibetan- Americans and other citizens to Tibetan areas of China are themselves restricted in their travel when they are in the US.

Prominent among those who signed the letter are Congressman Eliot Engel, Ranking Member on the House Foreign Affairs Committee Nita Lowey among others.

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    James Rinaldi
    Aug 22, 2016 at 1:16 am
    Yes, now more than ever Tibet needs istance, but the new US call for "new, creative strategies" to help the Tibetan people rings hollow. For the last 30 years the West has been trying to "Free Tibet" by focusing their efforts on appealing to the various governments of the Western world to do something. It has not worked and the "Free Tibet" movement is essentially dead--the West blew it. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;McGovern's letter represents more of the same. "Creative strategies?" Read the letter: it asks for a US consulate in Lhasa--the same request that was made in the almost completely ineffective and ignored Tibet Policy Act that was ped in 2003. Equal and reciprocal access to Tibet? Sorry. That was from McGovern's own Reciprocal Access to Tibet act that died in committee in 2014 and now has, according to govetrack.us a 0% chance of ping in this congressional session. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;The point is, the US is out of ideas on Tibet, and by their actions, don't really care. Re-consuted ideas thrown against the wall by a few gstanding congressmen should not give us cause for optimism. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Our optimism for Tibet should lie with the Tibetans themselves. Free Tibet 2.0 is beginning and those "new, creative strategies" are already in the works--in India. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;James Rinaldi
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    Shankar
    Aug 19, 2016 at 7:51 am
    This is the First right step to free Tibet from China. No other nation has raised voice against the occupation of Tibet by China. Apart from Free Tibet from China, there should be a proper border security and Internal security is needed for Tibet. Other wise again Tibet should not be concurred by any other terrorist group.
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    shola
    Aug 19, 2016 at 1:40 pm
    more then 5 decades its high time.
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    Thomas Thiam
    Aug 20, 2016 at 2:43 am
    Yes, the best way to bring troubles and create sufferings for the common people now living prosperously and peacefully? Yes the only way to break the status quo for the selfish interests of those few who want things their own ways seeking to usurp powers without regards for the lives of others who can proudly and happily call themselves citizens of a great and peace loving nation even as minority races. What is the difference between your organization and ISIS whose agendas are but the destruction of properties and lives even knowing what consequences their actions would invariably cause?
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