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Vermont Senate Resolution Condemns China's Repression in Tibet

April 6, 2009

CTA
April 4, 2009

Dharamshala -- The Senate of the State of Vermont
in the United States has passed a resolution on
Friday condemning the repression of the Tibetan
people and urging Congress to take forceful
action to end the denial of human rights and to
extend diplomatic recognition to Tibet.

The resolution no 8 sponsored by Senators
including Miller, Hinda Ashe, Timothy and Ayer,
expressed solidarity with all those Tibetans who
were killed, and those who have been injured,
arrested or detained, missing and suffering
incarceration after China's brutal suppression of
peaceful protests across Tibet since March last year.

The Chinese authorities' violent crackdown on
Tibetan protesters left 220 Tibetans dead, 1,294
injured and 290 sentenced. More than 5,600 were
arrested or detained and over 1,000 disappeared.

The Senators urged the Congress to take forceful
action to end the People’s Republic of China’s
repression of human rights in Tibet.

They called upon the Congress to support and
recognise the memorandum on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people.

They asked the Congress to engage China to
sincerely negotiate with representatives of His
Holiness the Dalai Lama to solve the Tibet problem.

The senators called upon the Secretary of the
Senate to send a copy of the resolution to the
Ambassador to the United States of the People’s
Republic of China, the Office of the
Representative of the Dalai Lama in New York
City, Students for a Free Tibet, and the Vermont Congressional delegation.

The resolution emphasised that the people of
Tibet lived in peace and harmony for centuries,
and that China launched illegal aggression on 10
March 1959 with absolutely no provocation from the Tibetan people.

The Tibetan people have been deprived of any
right of self-determination, and it is now nearly
impossible for them to continue their distinctive
cultural practices and religious observances, the resolution noted.

It said the inhumane treatment of Tibetan
detainees in Tibet violates Article 5 of the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights which
stipulates that “No one shall be subjected to
torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading
treatment or punishment". (Click here for Chinese police brutality in Tibet).

It underlined that the plight of the Tibetan
people must be an urgent matter of the highest
priority for Congress and the international community.

--Based on report submitted by Tsewang Phuntsok,
Liaison Officer, Latin America, Office of Tibet in New York

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The Vermont State Senate Resolution on Tibet
Montpelier, Vermont
April 4, 2009

Senate Resolution

By Senators Miller, Ashe, Ayer, Bartlett,
Campbell, Carris, Choate, Cummings, Doyle,
Flanagan, Giard, Hartwell, Illuzzi, Kitchel,
Kittell, Lyons, MacDonald, Maynard, Mazza,
McCormack, Mullin, Nitka, Racine, Scott, Sears,
Shumlin, Snelling, Starr and White,

S.R. 8. Senate resolution condemning the
repression of the Tibetan people and urging
Congress to take forceful action to end this
denial of human rights and to extend diplomatic recognition to Tibet.

Whereas, the people of Tibet lived in peace and harmony for centuries, and
Whereas, they harbored no ill will toward anyone
or desire to extend their mountainous territory
beyond its historic boundaries, and

Whereas, with absolutely no provocation from the
Tibetan people, on March 10, 1959, the army of
the People’s Republic of China illegally invaded
this peaceful Himalayan Mountain kingdom, and

Whereas, it has been reported that over one
million Tibetans have perished as a direct result
of the Chinese occupation, and

Whereas, the Tibetan people have been deprived of
any right of self determination, and it is now
nearly impossible for them to continue their
distinctive cultural practices and religious observances, and

Whereas, despite the assertions of the government
of the People’s Republic of China, the Tibetan
people pose no threat in any manner to the security of that government, and

Whereas, Article 5 of the Universal Declaration
of Human Rights states in no uncertain terms that
“No one shall be subjected to torture or to
cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” and

Whereas, the cruelty and repression that the
People’s Republic of China has inflicted on the
Tibetan people during a half-century of
occupation is a serious violations of human rights, and

Whereas, the International Convention on Human
Rights states that contempt for human rights
deserves condemnation on the part of the
international community when it results in
barbarous acts that outrage mankind, and

Whereas, on March 10, 2008, large numbers of
Tibetans protested against their occupiers from
the People’s Republic of China, and hundreds of
Tibetans were killed, and many remain missing or are in prison, and

Whereas, March 10, 2009, marked the 50th
anniversary of the People’s Republic of China’s
invasion of Tibet, and protests around the world,
also known as Tibet Solidarity Walks, sent a
message of outrage and an unmistakable demand to
the government of the People’s Republic of China
that it is way past time for Tibetans to be
treated with respect and human dignity, and

Whereas, the plight of the Tibetan people must be
an urgent matter of the highest priority for
Congress and the international community, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate:

That the Senate of the State of Vermont condemns
the continuing repression of the Tibetan people
and expresses its solidarity with the individuals
who participated in the protests that occurred
around the world on March 10, 2009, and be it further

Resolved: That the Senate of the State of Vermont urges Congress to:

1) Take forceful action to end the People’s
Republic of China’s repression of human rights in Tibet;

2) Recognize Tibetan political autonomy;

3) Ask China to sincerely negotiate with
representatives of His Holiness the Dali Lama to
solve the Tibet problem, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of the Senate be
directed to send a copy of this resolution to the
Ambassador to the United States of the People’s
Republic of China, the Office of the
Representative of the Dalai Lama in New York
City, Students for a Free Tibet, and the Vermont Congressional delegation.

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