A group of 32 Congressmen has signed a letter addressed to the Secretary of the State urging the president of United States to properly implement Tibet policies in dealing with China. The bipartisan group of Congressmen has expressed their deep concerns with regard to the well-being of the Tibetan people under Chinese repression.
As the letter states explains that the well-being of the Tibetan people under continued Chinese repression is worrisome, it says that it is now more urgent than ever to fully implement current law on Tibet. It also adds that there is a strong and growing majority bipartisan support in Congress for human rights situation in Tibet, the government should fully implement the Tibet Policy Act and the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act.
“Today, the repression in Tibet continues unabated. In its latest Freedom in the World report, Freedom House ranked Tibet as among the least free places in the world, in the company of Syria, North Korea and South Sudan. Tibetan Buddhists are denied their religious freedom, as all religious affairs are under the oppressive control of the Chinese Communist Party.” said the letter.
The Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 calls for the appointment of a Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues at the State Department to facilitate coordination of U.S. policy toward Tibet. The 2018 Reciprocal Access To Tibet Act requires the State Department to report to Congress on the level of access that U.S. diplomats, journalists and American citizens are granted to Tibetan areas of China, and to provide a list of the Chinese officials who formulate or execute policies to restrict access to Tibet, who then become ineligible to receive a visa or be admitted to the United States.
The letter also added that “It is therefore now more urgent than ever that the State Department fully implement current law on Tibet.”
It concluded by writing that they look forward to working with them on this very important moral issue of our time, which greatly concerns Members of Congress and the American people.