US Senate urges China to end repressive Tibet policy

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WASHINGTON: The US Senate has urged China to ease restrictions on Tibetans, free prisoners and allow access by foreign media to address grievances following a wave of self-immolation protests.

In a voice vote without objections Thursday, the Senate approved a resolution that deplored "repressive policies targeting Tibetans" despite warnings from China, which said the bill interfered in its internal affairs.

The Senate called on China "to suspend implementation of religious control regulations" imposed since major protests in 2008 and to resume dialogue with representatives of the Dalai Lama, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader.

In the resolution, the Senate urged China to free all people who have been "arbitrarily detained; to cease the intimidation, harassment and detention of peaceful protesters; and to allow unrestricted access to journalists, foreign diplomats and international organizations to Tibet."

The resolution also urged barring China from opening further consulates in the United States until Beijing lets Washington start a mission in Tibet's capital Lhasa. However, the Senate measure is not legally binding.

At least 30 Tibetans have set themselves ablaze since last year, activists say, in dramatic protests against what rights groups say is China's religious and political repression against the mostly Buddhist people.

"The Senate has sent a clear message to the Tibetan people: we stand in solidarity with you as you strive to preserve your culture and practice your faith freely," said Senator Dianne Feinstein, a main sponsor of the resolution.

"It is my fervent hope that passage of this resolution will convince China to engage the Dalai Lama through dialogue and negotiation on addressing the legitimate grievances of all Tibetans," said Feinstein, a member of President Barack Obama's Democratic Party who represents California.

China held nine rounds of talks with the Dalai Lama's representatives between 2002 and 2010. But there was little visible progress, leading some Tibetans to believe that Beijing wants to drag out diplomacy until the globally revered 76-year-old Dalai Lama dies.

Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent who co-sponsored the resolution, said that the United States also wanted to congratulate exiled Tibetans for moving toward democracy with an election last year for prime minister.

"This is a critical moment for the Senate to reaffirm that the treatment of Tibetans in China and denial of fundamental human rights there is a source of deep concern for the United States," Lieberman said.

The Senate moved ahead despite criticism a day earlier by Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei, who said that Beijing was committed to all ethnic groups' rights and accused the US lawmakers of interference.

"We urge these congressmen to recognize facts, discard prejudice and stop interfering in China's internal affairs. They should do more things to contribute to China-US relations instead of the contrary," he said.

China contends that it has provided development to Tibet and accuses the Dalai Lama, a Buddhist monk who fled into exile in 1959 and later won the Nobel Peace Prize, of fomenting unrest.

In the latest case, a rights group and exiled monks said that a 20-year-old monk named Sherab burned to death on Wednesday after setting himself on fire in Sichuan province's Aba county.

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here is what CHina want to tell Uncle Sam
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Tibetans do the same to your occupying CCP and PLA. We will continue talking about the rights of Tibetans till you grant them the freedom to run their affairs without interference from your government.
Yes, you can keep talking about it as long as you want, after all words don't hurt anyone.
 

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Yes, you can keep talking about it as long as you want, after all words don't hurt anyone.
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The loud earth breathless! — Take away the sword —
States can be saved without it!
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"It was a dark and stormy night" is an infamous phrase written by Victorian novelist Edward Bulwer-Lytton, 1st Baron Lytton at the beginning of his 1830 novel Paul Clifford.[1] The annual Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest uses the phrase as a signifier of purple prose. The original opening sentence of Paul Clifford is an example:

"It was a dark and stormy night; the rain fell in torrents — except at occasional intervals, when it was checked by a violent gust of wind which swept up the streets (for it is in London that our scene lies), rattling along the housetops, and fiercely agitating the scanty flame of the lamps that struggled against the darkness."

The Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest was formed to "celebrate" the worst extremes in this style. The contest, sponsored by the English Department of San Jose State University, recognizes the worst examples of "dark and stormy night" writing.
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unfortunately we can only do so much. the time has come for international community to recognize the struggle of people of tibbet.
 

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The US has been at it for a long time.

The world has to act in a more demonstrative manner.

The issue should be raised with the UNHRC and other bodies so that pressure is built up on China.

More of Tibet Solidarity Day protest should be organised world wide so that the issue is kept alive and close to the world conscience.

Dalai Lama should move around like the Pope and celebrate Buddhism amongst all around the world.
 

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China arrests Tibetan singer over lyrics

Phayul[Wednesday, March 28, 2012 09:03]
By Tendar Tsering

DHARAMSHALA, March 28: China arrested a popular Tibetan singer, Ugyen Tenzin after his album praising the Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Kalon Tripa Dr Lobsang Sangay went viral last month.

"China is targeting the Tibetan singers and writers because they are the ones who inspire the fellow Tibetans to stand in front of the Chinese guns amids the crackdown in Tibet," Jamphel Monlam, the assistant director of Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy said.

Since 2008, China has arrested around 60 Tibetan artists, Jamphel added.

China arrests Tibetan singer over lyrics - www.phayul.com
These songs and Tibetan Literature should be published and circulated world wide and TV Debates undertaken on the plight of the Tibetans.

Radio Free Tibet should be set up and the programmes beamed to Greater Tibet.
 

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The China's might rise & its vulnerability to international pressure is equal.
 

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Yes, you can keep talking about it as long as you want, after all words don't hurt anyone.
I not only talk on this forum but also participate actively in North America along with my brothers and sisters in the free world and will continue to do so. We will keep this issue alive as long as it takes and hope one day we will march into Tibet to kick out all the occupiers once for all.
 

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I not only talk on this forum but also participate actively in North America along with my brothers and sisters in the free world and will continue to do so. We will keep this issue alive as long as it takes and hope one day we will march into Tibet to kick out all the occupiers once for all.
Yes, you can talk to every single american you meet about this issue. So what?

March into Tibet? Maybe, but definitely not by talking!
 

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Yes, you can talk to every single american you meet about this issue. So what?

March into Tibet? Maybe, but definitely not by talking!
In time your wish will be fulfilled. You cannot pacify Tibetans by arm twisting foreign Government.
 

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I do not attempt predictions. There are myriads of experts for that.:lol:
You mean some other experts who can only throw more and more empty words to China? If that is all you mean about the power of words, CCP would laugh their ass off.
 

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You mean some other experts who can only throw more and more empty words to China? If that is all you mean about the power of words, CCP would laugh their ass off.
 
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