March 8, 2014
Contact: Drew Hammill, 202-226-7616
Pelosi Statement on the Anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the 55th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day – the date of Tibetans’ peaceful uprising and the ensuing crackdown by Chinese authorities that devastated the Tibetan people and forced His Holiness the Dalai Lama into exile:
“On this anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, we honor the many brave Tibetans who have lost their lives fighting for their religious freedom and human rights.
“Fifty-five years after the People’s Uprising, the Chinese government continues its harsh crackdown on the Tibetan people. The current situation on the ground in Tibet continues to worsen as the Chinese military presence grows and more Tibetans subject themselves to self-immolations. It is long past time for the Chinese government to address the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people and cease its repression.
“This week, it was a distinct honor join with congressional leaders to welcome His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Capitol and to reiterate our strong support for the Tibetan cause. These meetings build upon the support expressed by President Barack Obama in his meeting with His Holiness last month.
“The cause of Tibet continues to be a challenge to the conscience of the world. We must heed the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and we must never forget the people of Tibet and their ongoing struggle for dignity and human rights.”
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