Chairman Yoho on the hearing: “Amid the ongoing turbulence in the Asia-Pacific, China’s growing oppression in Tibet has not received sufficient international attention. Observers believe the Tibetan people’s struggle for survival, dignity and autonomy is approaching a crossroads. The question of the Dalai Lama’s succession is growing, bringing uncertainty for the peaceful resistance movement. China may seek to designate its own chosen successor, which could cause Tibet to boil over. In the intervening period, China has sought to consolidate its control, with dire consequences for religious and cultural practices, human rights, freedom of movement and the access of journalists and others to Tibet. In this hearing, the Subcommittee will hear from experts on the current situation, their projections for the future and recommendations on how to promote access, religious freedom and human rights in Tibet.”

Witnesses

Mr. Richard Gere
Chair of the Board of Directors
International Campaign for Tibet
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Tenzin Tethong
Director of the Tibetan Service
Radio Free Asia
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]

Mr. Carl Gershman
President
National Endowment for Democracy
[full text of statement]
[truth in testimony form]