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Major Speech by Congressman Wolf Mentions 'US policy on Tibet'

July 29, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
July 28, 2010

Dharamshala -- US Congressman Frank Wolf,
co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights
Commission and a long-time advocate of human
rights around the world, delivered a major speech
in the House of Representatives on Friday (23
July) urging the Obama Administration to "find its voice" on human rights.

In his statement, Mr Wolf informed the House
about the current inadequate staffing levels at
the office of the Special Coordinator for
Tibetans. Approved as a part of its Tibet policy
act of 2002, Congress had approved that the
office 'consist three professional full-time
staff members and additional support staff, as
needed, in addition to the special coordinator, he said.

Mr Wolf also brought to the notice of the House
about the delay in submission of the
"congressionally mandated Report on Tibet
Negotiations" to Congress as on 31 March every year.

He called on the Obama administration to place
more priority on the issue of Tibet.

Mr Wolf presented a comprehensive assessment of
the US government's role in promoting and
protecting the basic human rights and religious
freedom in countries such as Sudan, China,
Vietnam, North Korea, Iraq, Egypt and Morocco. He
specifically highlighted the struggles of
different faith communities, including Uighur
Muslims, Tibetan Buddhists, Ahmadi Muslims, Coptic Christians and Baha'is.

He called on Congress to "stand in the gap" when
the administration fails to advocate for those
around the world whose voices have been silenced.

Wolf acknowledged that there are multiple
dimensions to America's bilateral relations with
countries around the globe, but said if the
United States of America cannot be relied upon to
speak out on behalf of the vulnerable and
oppressed, then it is indeed a dark day for
millions around the world yearning to breathe the sweet air of freedom.

"America must stand up for the ideals upon which
our own experiment in self-governance was
founded. America must strike out against
injustice, whatever form it takes. America must
believe that even the mightiest walls of
oppression can tumble and work toward that end," he added.

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