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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

U.S. Senators have added to the Congressional concern about the situation in Tibet

June 7, 2008

Asking Secretary Rice to press for the release of Tibetan protestors,
including Jamyang Kyi
Save Tibet
June 4, 2008

U.S. Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR), John Kerry (D-MA), and Russell
Feingold (D-WI) have written to Secretary Condoleezza Rice expressing
their concern over China's recent detention of hundreds of peaceful
protestors and the media black out in Tibet. In particular, the
letter cited the case of Ms. Jamyang Kyi, a popular Tibetan singer
and TV announcer who was arrested on April 1st and subsequently
released early in May; however, reports indicate she is currently
awaiting trial and possibly under house arrest.

The International Campaign for Tibet thanks Congress for acting in
support of Tibet by passing resolutions, holding hearings and sending
letters to the Administration. We thank Senators Smith, Kerry and
Feingold for their letter on the rights of Tibetans at this critical time.

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May 21, 2008

The Honorable Condoleezza Rice
Secretary of State
United States Department of State

Dear Secretary Rice,

We are writing you today to express our concern over China's recent
detention of hundreds of peaceful Tibetan protestors.

As you are aware, on March 10, 2008, Buddhist monks and ethnic
Tibetans began to demonstrate against Chinese authorities in Lhasa.
Clashes between protesters and Government forces turned violent, and
spread to other ethnic Tibetan areas of China.

These protests were primarily motivated by Tibetan resentment against
more than a half century of Chinese rule, as well as China's ongoing
repression of Tibetan ethnic, cultural, and political rights. The
near-total media blackout enforced by China prevented the press from
accurately reporting the situation and prevented the international
community from ensuring the basic human rights of Tibetans.

The case of Ms. Jamyang Kyi is a textbook example of China's use of
detention to intimidate peaceful activists. Ms. Kyi is an announcer
at a television station in the Chinese province of Qinghai, which
borders the Tibetan Autonomous Region (TAR).

Much of Ms. Kyi's professional career has focused on the rights of
women in Tibet. Among other achievements, she is the composer of
several well-received albums comprising both mixes of pop and
traditional Tibetan music. Ms. Kyi toured the United States in 2006,
where she spent time as a guest lecturer at Columbia University,
discussing the themes encapsulated in her work. In both her
journalism and music, however, Ms. Kyi was cautions to steer clear of
content which could be construed as challenging Beijing's control over Tibet.

Following the March 10 demonstrations, she and many other Tibetans
were swept up in mass arrests throughout the region by Chinese
security forces. Ms. Kyi was arrested by security officials while she
was leaving her office on April 1, and taken to an undisclosed
location on April 4 or 5. China, however, steadfastly refused to
officially confirm her detention, or inform her husband of her
whereabouts. She was released several weeks later, early in May;
however, reports indicate she is currently awaiting trial and
possibly under house arrest.

The case of Ms. Kyi is not unique. Thus far, the Chinese government
has acknowledged more than 4,000 people wer'e,detained after the
recent unrest in Tibet, including hundreds of monks and nuns. We fear
the true number of detainees and missing persons may never be known.
China has now begun trials of the arrested. What little information
we have about these trials paints a disturbing picture. Human Rights
Watch, for example, has noted the use of "secret evidence" by the
authorities when persecuting the demonstrators.

We request that you urge the Chinese government to allow independent
access to the detainees arrested during the recent crackdown on
ethnic Tibetans, and push Beijing to conduct free and open trials of
the accused. We believe that those who commit violence should be
brought to justice; however, the United States must not allow
religious and political dissent to be criminalized because it is
uncomfortable to those in power. We also ask that you keep us
informed of the progress made toward ensuring transparent trials for
those arrested during the recent crackdown.

We appreciate your attention to our request.

Sincerely,

Gordon H. Smith
John F. Kerry
Russell D. Feingold
United States Senate
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