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"Canada can, within a positive friendly atmosphere, ask the Chinese government to resolve the Tibetan situation."

Assembly Clears Chivukula Tesolution on Tibet

May 30, 2008

India Post News Service (India)
May 25, 2008

TRENTON -- A resolution sponsored by Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula to
put the General Assembly on-record against recent civil rights abuses
in Tibet passed this week by a vote of 79-0. "The reported abuses in
Tibet violate more than the civil rights of the Tibetan people.

They also violate our sense of decency and humanity as a civilized
society," said Chivukula (D-Somerset/Middlesex). "Tibet may literally
be half a world away from New Jersey, but its people need to know
that, in our corner of the world, the hardships they are enduring
will not be ignored." The United States Department of State has
reported that China has engaged in various human rights restrictions
and abuses, including torture, arbitrary arrest and imprisonment.

Tibetan citizens also face employment discrimination and have limited
access to the training and permits required to conduct business.
Tibetans â€" especially nuns and monks â€" are not free to travel or
move freely, and China also has reportedly denied Tibetans" rights to
privacy and free association by censoring correspondence, monitoring
and disrupting telephone and Internet services, and limiting
religious practices.

In March, the U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice urged China to
respect the human rights of all of its citizens, including those
living in Tibet. Chivukula called on China to live up to its
obligations as a founding member of the United Nations.

The international organization's charter calls for all members "to
develop friendly relations among nations based on respect for the
principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples." "As the
eyes of the world descend upon the Beijing Olympics, China must be
sent a clear message that its iron-fisted handling of Tibet will not
be overlooked," said Chivukula.

An authenticated copy of Chivukula's resolution (AR-122) will be
transmitted to the US Secretary of State and the Chinese Ambassador
to the United States.
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