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US Congressional Executive Committee on China questions China’s Tibet policy

October 12, 2015

Central Tibetan Administration, October 12, 2015 - The US Congressional-Executive Committee on China (CECC) trashed China’s claims of development and prosperity in Tibet in its 2015 annual report published on 8 October.

The Congressional Commission said that Beijing persists with its repressive policies in Tibet, denying adequate rights to Tibetans from protecting their culture, language, religion, and environment.

The report also noted deteriorating conditions in ethnic minority areas, from increased violence in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region to harsher security measures and efforts to control Tibetan Buddhism in the so-called Tibet Autonomous Region. In addition, as Tibetan self-immolations continued, the Commission observed no sign of Chinese interest in resuming the long-stalled dialogue process with His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s representatives to alleviate Tibetan suffering.

The report concluded that the Chinese government can best promote stability by respecting ethnic minorities’ right to maintain their language and culture and to practice freely their religion and urged Chinese administration to address these issues at bilateral security dialogues and exchanges with Chinese military or police officials.

The report further recommended the US Congress and administration to urge the Chinese government to allow the free flow of information regarding incidents of violence in ethnic minority regions; allow journalists and international observers access to those areas in line with international standards; and ensure that U.S. counter-terrorism cooperation arrangements do not endorse the Chinese government’s suppression of its people.

Speaking at the release of the report, Representative Chris Smith, Chair of the Commission, said, “It has been another punishing year for human rights in China, as this report documents so well.  President Xi has presided over an extraordinary assault on the rule of law and civil society using repressive and retrograde policies that threaten freedom advocates in China and challenge both U.S. interests and U.S.-China cooperation and goodwill.”

“U.S. leadership on human rights is needed now more than ever.  We must not compromise on the need for fundamental freedoms or shy away from those who seek them.  Clearly, our long-term strategic interests depend on the advance of human rights and the rule of law in China,” he added.

The 336-page report provides detailed analysis on 19 human rights and rule of law issues and offers specific recommendations on ways to make progress on these issues in the broader U.S.-China relationship. The full report can be accessed on the CECC’s website (www.cecc.gov).

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