U.S. Senate resolution urges China reverse Tibet policies in wake of self-immolations and shooting of Tibetans

Yesterday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) introduced legislation calling on the Government of China to suspend religious control regulations, reassess religious and security policies in Tibet, and resume a dialogue with the Dalai Lama, in response to the recent self-immolations and intensifying security crackdown. The resolution, S.Res. 356, is cosponsored by a bipartisan group including Sens. …

Statement from the White House Press Secretary on President Obama’s Meeting with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama

“The President met this morning at the White House with His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama. The President stated his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural and linguistic identity and the protection of human rights for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China. The President commended the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” …

Dalai Lama concludes 3-Day Washington Visit

His Holiness the Dalai Lama departed Washington, D.C., Friday, February 19 following meetings with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and after being awarded the Democracy Service Medal by the National Endowment for Democracy. In the morning of February 18, His Holiness the Dalai Lama met with President Obama, their second meeting …

Secretary Clinton Appoints Under Secretary Maria Otero as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton announced today the appointment of Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero to serve concurrently as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. As Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues, Under Secretary Otero will coordinate the U.S. Government’s policies, programs and projects on Tibetan issues within the context …

US Congress to fund programs inside Tibet and in exile

In a strong assertion of support for Tibet, the US Congress has advanced legislation that provides millions of dollars for Tibet programs. The funding is provided in the State-Foreign Operations Appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2010.  The House of Representatives passed it version of the bill on July 9 by a vote on 318-106; the …

Dalai Lama ‘part of solution’ for China: Obama aide

China should see the Dalai Lama as “part of the solution” on Tibet instead of trying to isolate him, US President Barack Obama’s top Asia adviser said. Jeff Bader, senior director for Asia on the White House’s National Security Council, told the Committee of 100, a Chinese-American group, that it should use its influence in …

US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations testimony

Senate Subcommittee on East Asian and Pacific Affairs Testimony of Mr. Lodi Gyari Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama April 23, 2008 Madame Chairwoman and members of the Committee, at this critical time for Tibet, I wish to express my appreciation to the Congress for its unwavering support for His Holiness the Dalai …

U.S. Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony – Highlights (Video)

On October 17, 2007, His Holiness the Dalai Lama was awarded a Congressional Gold Medal by the Congress and the President of the United States of America. Following the ceremony, the Dalai Lama spoke to a crowd of over 15,000 people from the steps of the west lawn of the Capitol Building, in Washington, D.C.