Sending Office: Congressional-Executive Commission on the People’s Republic of China
Co-Sponsor H.R. 4331, the Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019
We are writing to ask you to co-sponsor H.R. 4331, the “Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019,” which updates and strengthens the
Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 to address emerging challenges faced by the Tibetan people with regard to human rights, religious freedom, and the environment.
In the seventeen years since the original Tibetan Policy Act of 2002 was signed into law, the human rights situation in Tibet has worsened. The Chinese government has refused to enter into dialogue with Tibetan leaders, and Chinese officials have
threatened to select future Tibetan Buddhist leaders, including the successor to the 14th Dalai Lama, in clear violation of their international religious freedom obligations and the traditional practices of the Tibetan Buddhist faith community. Furthermore,
the policies of the Chinese government have severely degraded Tibetan religion, culture, language, livelihoods, and the natural environment.
The new “Tibet Policy and Support Act of 2019” would:
• Establish as U.S. policy that the succession or reincarnation of Tibetan Buddhist leaders, including a future 15th Dalai Lama, is an exclusively religious matter that should be decided solely by the Tibetan Buddhist community.
• Specify that Chinese officials who interfere in the process of recognizing a successor or reincarnation of the Dalai Lama will be subject to targeted financial, economic, and visa-related sanctions including those contained in the
Global Magnitsky Act.
• Strengthen the role of the State Department Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues by including a mandate to work multilaterally with other governments to promote a genuine dialogue between Tibetan leaders and the Chinese government.
• Direct the State and Commerce Departments to ensure that operations of U.S. companies working in Tibet are transparent, and that they both foster the self-sufficiency of Tibetans and respect the culture and environment of the Tibetan Plateau.
• Mandate that no new Chinese consulates should be established in the United States until a U.S. consulate is established in Tibet’s historic capital of Lhasa.
• Direct the State Department to begin collaborative, multinational efforts to protect the environment and water resources on the Tibetan Plateau.
• Support democratic governance in the Tibetan exile community.
• Authorize ongoing U.S. appropriations that support Tibetans in Tibet and in South Asia.
If you have any question s or would like to co-sponsor the legislation please contact John Lindblom at the Congressional-Executive Commission on China at
John.Lindblom@mail.house.gov or Piero Tozzi with Rep. Chris Smith at
James P. McGovern Christopher H. Smith
Member of Congress Member of Congress
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