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RTYC NY and NJ statement on Obama's visit to China

November 13, 2009

Tibetan Youth Congress (USA)
Press Release
November 11th, 2009

Half a century has passed since the Chinese
communist government occupied Tibet and claimed their illegal control over it.

Tibetans have been suffering immensely under the
Chinese occupation since then and more than 1.2
million Tibetans have lost their lives as a
direct result of Chinese brutal regime.

We, the freedom-observing citizens of this world,
urge President Obama to use the U.S. China summit
as a genuine discussion between world leaders who
desire to advance the stance of human rights.

In the past two weeks, the courts in the People’s
Republic of China has ordered the executions of
four Tibetans and sentenced numerous life
imprisonments for their alleged involvement in
the March 2008 protests in Lhasa, Tibet's capital
without proper access to independent legal representation.

We adamantly condemn the budding series of
Tibetan executions and harsh sentencing of
innocent Tibetans who are labeled "enemies of the
state," "terrorists," and a "threat to the
motherland." We are calling on US President Obama
to take the immediate opportunity to speak on
behalf of the suppressed Tibetan people inside
China-occupied Tibet. The U.S. China summit comes
at a time when the Tibetan situation is in a
crisis. Gedhun Choekyi Nyima, a six year old boy
from Tibet who was officially proclaimed as the
11th Panchen Lama on May 14, 1995 by the Dalai
Lama went missing three days later on May 17,
1995 with his parents. Since then his whereabouts
is not known and today he is an adult with the
capability to make his own decisions. We urge
President Obama and people of the world to help
us to appeal the release of the Panchen Lama and
his parents immediately and unconditionally. Our
hope lies in the president’s support and efforts
made towards the Tibetan situation. We sincerely
hope President Obama will obtain successful
relations with the leaders of the People’s
Republic of China after the U.S.-China summit.
However, the common relationship that will bind
the two must first and foremost strive to create
opportunities for prevailing human rights and
freedom that all people have birthright.

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