San Francisco – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today to mark the 54th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, observed on March 10th, which marks the date of Tibetans' peaceful uprising against harsh Chinese rule 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.
“The current situation on the ground in Tibet continues to deteriorate 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 religious repression.
“I am proud that today Secretary of State John Kerry and First Lady Michelle Obama will present the 2013 International Women of Courage Award to Tibetan writer and blogger Tsering Woeser for her courageous efforts to report on repressive policies in Tibet and promote Han Chinese-Tibetan solidarity on human rights and the rule of law. The selection of Tsering Woeser sends a strong message of international concern about the human rights situation in Tibet.
“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 not forget the people of Tibet and their ongoing struggle.”