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Wednesday, May 5, 1999



2. Middletown, CT, passes resolution on Tibet


Press Release: International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet

Middletown, CT, May 4, 1999 (ICLT): Today, the city council of
Middletown, Connecticut passed a Resolution supporting human rights for
the Tibetan people. The Resolution states that Tibetans should have the

right to control their own economic development in Tibet. It calls upon

individuals and companies doing business in Tibet to follow the
development guidelines of the Tibetan Government-in-exile.

The Resolution was submitted by Kerry Holahan, Allison Rodman, Adam
Goss, Laura Kushnick, Joshua Shimkin, Jack Downey, and Erika Scott, who
are members of Wesleyan Students for a Free Tibet (SFT). It was
sponsored by Council Member Gerald Daley, and was drafted by the
International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet (ICLT), a non-profit
organization based in Berkeley, California. A copy of the Resolution is

available on the Wesleyan SFT web site: http://www.wesleyan.edu/sft/

The Resolution also supports the conclusion of the United States
Congress that Tibet is an occupied country whose true representatives
are the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Government-in-exile. It calls upon
the Government of China to respect the human rights of Tibetans and to
negotiate an acceptable solution to the question of Tibet with Tibetan
representatives, based on the will of the Tibetan people.

The People's Republic of China invaded the independent country of Tibet
in 1949-50, has committed "acts of genocide" in Tibet, and is currently
committing systematic human rights violations in that country, including

torture, arbitrary arrest, denial of freedom of religion, denial of free

speech and free press, and coerced sterilizations and abortions. China
seeks to absorb Tibet into China and is conducting economic development
in Tibet contrary to the wishes of the Tibetan people.

The Middletown Resolution is the ninth passed in a national campaign by
ICLT to pass Tibet Resolutions in cities and states across the United
States. The States of Massachusetts and New Mexico, and the cities of
Los Angeles, Miami, Atlanta, Berkeley, Princeton, New Paltz and
Middletown have passed the Resolution. ICLT advocates
self-determination for the Tibetan people. Through legal action and
education, ICLT promotes human rights, environmental protection, and
peaceful resolution of the situation in Tibet.

Contact information: Robert Rosoff: 415-668-7140 Janice Mantell:
510-486-0588 International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet


Articles in this Issue:
  1. NATO bombing like a return to imperialism -China (Reuters)
  2. Middletown, CT, passes resolution on Tibet
  3. Revered by Millions, a Potent Mystic Rattles China's Communist Leaders (WSJ)



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