McGovern, Bipartisan Delegation Meet Dalai Lama in Push to Strengthen Human Rights in Tibet
DHARAMSALA, INDIA – U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) joined House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and their bipartisan Congressional delegation in meetings this week in India and Nepal with government and religious leaders, including His Holiness, the 14th Dalai Lama. Congressman McGovern is a senior House Democrat, Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, and a leading voice in America calling for new policies to strengthen human rights in Tibet.
“Now more than ever, America must continue to be a strong leader on the world stage. This week’s meetings have been an important opportunity for our bipartisan delegation to reaffirm that leadership and stand up for the human rights and freedom of all peoples.
“I am especially worried about the situation of the Tibetan people. I am deeply troubled by the reports I receive from inside Tibet of human rights abuses and affronts to basic human dignity -- like the demolition of buildings and forced eviction of religious people from the famous Buddhist institute at Larung Gar, and the severe restrictions on the rights of Tibetans to freely meet, speak, write and worship as they choose. And I am equally concerned about the obstacles Tibetans face when they try to travel within China or to neighboring countries.
“It is long past time for the U.S. to rethink our policy toward Tibet. For years, China has faced no consequences for its failure to respect the fundamental rights of the Tibetan people. This must change. If China wants its citizens and officials to travel freely in the U.S., Americans must be able to travel freely in China, including Tibet.
“In my meetings with the Dalai Lama and Nepalese leaders, I made clear that I will continue to push for the United States to hold China accountable for their human rights abuses. We must not ignore their continued assault on the freedom of the Tibetan people. Time may be running out for the people of Tibet. All those who say they believe in the rights of the Tibetans must move beyond words to concrete actions.”
Last week, Congressman McGovern outlined a bold new agenda for strengthening human rights in Tibet:
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