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New Tibet Act Displays American Commitment To Human Rights and Religious Freedom In Tibet

This legislation sends a powerful message of hope and justice to the Tibetans inside Tibet and bolsters US support for the protection of Tibetan people’s religious freedom, human rights, environmental rights and the exiled Tibetan democracy like never before.
(An exile Tibetan wearing a mask printed in the colours of a Tibetan flag casts her vote in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. Exile Tibetans Sunday voted in the first round to elect a new political leader and members of the Tibetan parliament in exile. AP Photo: Ashwini Bhatia)

By N24 Correspondent, WASHINGTON:- Now that US President Donald Trump has already approved the new Tibet Act, it opens door for solidarity with the struggle of Tibetan people living in China and across the world for human rights and religious freedom in Tibet, which is currently occupied by China.

China has hindered the rights of Tibetan people to choose a new Dalai Lama as per their own tradition and Tibetan people, who adhere to Buddhism, are harassed and demotivated by the Chinese troops and government for just being the Tibetan Buddhists.

This situation has to end for now and forever. Keeping this in mind, the US senate approved the Tibetan Policy and Support Act 2020 (TPSA) and US President Donald Trump made it a law on December 27, 2020.

“This legislation sends a powerful message of hope and justice to the Tibetans inside Tibet and bolsters US support for the protection of Tibetan people’s religious freedom, human rights, environmental rights and exiled Tibetan democracy like never before,” said Dr Lobsang Sangay, President of the Central Tibetan Administration previously known as the Government of Tibet.

“This ACT officially endorses that recognition of the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama is the sole authority of the great XIV Dalai Lama, Tibetan Buddhist leaders and Tibetan people with no interference from the Chinese Government,” said Pema Jungney, Speaker of the Tibetan parliament in exile in Dharamshala.

The onus now lies on China to be nice and kind to Tibetan people, respect their religious rights, adherence to Buddhism and their right to choose a new Dalai Lama without the interference of the Chinese government.

If China continues to suppress the Tibetans living in Tibet, denying their religious and cultural rights, it is for sure China will have to face dire consequences in international trades, relations and forums to an unprecedented level.

The US will not and should never keep mum on the Chinese atrocities against the Tibetans, whose agonies, torture and exposure to inhuman behavior in this 21st century is simply deplorable and condemnable.

Tibet is a bipartisan issue in the US and a decision of a US government is a united decision of the American people, who firmly support Tibetan people’s religious and cultural freedom.

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