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Text of the US House of Representatives resolution on Tibet

March 15, 2009

Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution
commemorating the 50th anniversary which, among other things, calls upon
the Obama Administration to recommit diplomatic, programmatic, and
multilateral resources to promoting a solution for Tibet. The text is
below. Despite the Chinese government’s call to have the resolution
scrapped, the vote was 422 to 1.

Credit goes to all those who came to DC for Tibet Lobby Day, who lobbied
for passage of this resolution. We know that the Chinese Embassy was
distributing talking points to Congressional offices prior to your
arrival to lobby. The 422 to 1 vote demonstrates whose arguments were
more effective.

Todd Stein
Director, Government Relations
International Campaign for Tibet

H. RES. 226
Recognizing the plight of the Tibetan people on the 50th anniversary of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama being forced into exile and calling for a
sustained multilateral effort to bring about a durable and peaceful
solution to the Tibet issue.
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 9, 2009
Mr. HOLT (for himself, Ms. ROS-LEHTINEN, Mr. MCGOVERN, Mr. WOLF, Mr.
CAO, Mr. ELLISON, Mr. MARKEY of Massachusetts, Mr. KUCINICH, Ms. NORTON,
Mrs. LOWEY, Mr. BERMAN, Ms. BALDWIN, and Ms. SCHAKOWSKY) submitted the
following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

RESOLUTION
Recognizing the plight of the Tibetan people on the 50th anniversary of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama being forced into exile and calling for a
sustained multilateral effort to bring about a durable and peaceful
solution to the Tibet issue.
Whereas for more than 2,000 years the people of Tibet have maintained a
distinct cultural identity, language, and religion;
Whereas in 1949, the armed forces of the People's Republic of China took
over the eastern areas of the traditional Tibetan homeland, and by March
1951 occupied the Tibetan capital of Lhasa and laid siege to Tibetan
government buildings;
Whereas in April 1951, under duress of military occupation, Tibetan
government officials signed the Seventeen Point agreement which provided
for the preservation of the institution of the Dalai Lama, local self
government and continuation of the Tibetan political system, and the
autonomy for Tibetans within the People's Republic of China;
Whereas on March 10, 1959, the Tibetan people rose up in Lhasa against
Chinese rule in response to Chinese actions to undermine self-government
and to rumors that Chinese authorities planned to detain Tenzin Gyatso,
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of
the Tibetan people;
Whereas on March 17, 1959, with the People's Liberation Army commencing
an assault on his residence, the Dalai Lama, in fear of his safety and
his ability to lead the Tibetan people, fled Lhasa;
Whereas upon his arrival in India, the Dalai Lama declared that he could
do more in exile to champion the rights and self-determination of
Tibetans than he could inside territory controlled by the armed forces
of the People's Republic of China;
Whereas the Dalai Lama was welcomed by the Government and people of
India, a testament to the close cultural and religious links between
India and Tibet and a mutual admiration for the philosophies of
non-violence espoused by Mahatma Gandhi and the 14th Dalai Lama;
Whereas under the leadership of the Dalai Lama, Tibetans overcame
adversity and hardship to establish vibrant exile communities in India,
the United States, Europe, and elsewhere in order to preserve Tibetan
cultural identity, language, and religion;
Whereas the Dalai Lama set out to instill democracy in the exile
community, which has led to the Central Tibetan Administration with its
democratically elected Executive and Legislative Branches, as well as a
Judicial Branch;
Whereas on March 10 every year Tibetans commemorate the circumstances
that led to the separation of the Dalai Lama from Tibet and the struggle
of Tibetans to preserve their identity in the face of the
assimilationist policies of the People's Republic of China;
Whereas over the years the United States Congress has sent strong and
clear messages condemning the Chinese Government's repression of the
human rights of Tibetans, including restrictions on the free practice of
religion, detention of political prisoners, and the disappearance of
Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, the 11th Panchen Lama;
Whereas in October 2007, Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama received the
Congressional Gold Medal in recognition of his lifetime efforts to
promote peace worldwide and a non-violent resolution to the Tibet issue;
Whereas it is the objective of the United States Government, consistent
across administrations of different political parties, to promote a
substantive dialogue between the Government of the People's Republic of
China and the Dalai Lama or his representatives in order to secure
genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people;
Whereas eight rounds of dialogue between the envoys of the Dalai Lama
and representatives of the Government of the People's Republic of China
have failed to achieve any concrete and substantive results;
Whereas the 2008 United States Department of State's Country Report on
Human Rights states that `The [Chinese] government's human rights record
in Tibetan areas of China deteriorated severely during the year.
Authorities continued to commit serious human rights abuses, including
torture, arbitrary arrest, extrajudicial detention, and house arrest.
Official repression of freedoms of speech, religion, association, and
movement increased significantly following the outbreak of protests
across the Tibetan plateau in the spring. The preservation and
development of Tibet's unique religious, cultural, and linguistic
heritage continued to be of concern.'; and
Whereas the envoys of the Dalai Lama presented in November 2008, at the
request of Chinese officials, a Memorandum on Genuine Autonomy for the
Tibetan People outlining a plan for autonomy intended to be consistent
with the constitution of the People's Republic of China: Now, therefore,
be it
Resolved, That the House of Representatives--
(1) recognizes the Tibetan people for their perseverance in face of
hardship and adversity in Tibet and for creating a vibrant and
democratic community in exile that sustains the Tibetan identity;
(2) recognizes the Government and people of India for their generosity
toward the Tibetan refugee population for the last 50 years;
(3) calls upon the Government of the People's Republic of China to
respond to the Dalai Lama's initiatives to find a lasting solution to
the Tibetan issue, cease its repression of the Tibetan people, and to
lift immediately the harsh policies imposed on Tibetans, including
patriotic education campaigns, detention and abuses of those freely
expressing political views or relaying news about local conditions, and
limitations on travel and communications; and
(4) calls upon the Administration to recommit to a sustained effort
consistent with the Tibetan Policy Act of 2002, that employs diplomatic,
programmatic, and multilateral resources to press the People's Republic
of China to respect the Tibetans' identity and the human rights of the
Tibetan people.
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