Pelosi Statement on the Anniversary of the Tibetan Uprising Day


Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today released this statement in observance of the 59th anniversary of Tibetan Uprising Day, which commemorates resistance to occupation by Chinese government forces in Tibet on March 10, 1959:

“Nearly 60 years ago, the Tibetan people stood defiant in the face of oppression and brutality.  Guided by their great faith and dignity, the Tibetan people refused to be silent – and the rest of the world heard their clarion call for freedom and justice.

“In March 2008, the people of Tibet spoke out once more as they faced horrific human rights abuses simply for practicing their religion and culture.  Today, the abysmal human rights situation in Tibet continues to be a challenge to the conscience of the world.  All freedom-loving people must continue to speak out, until every Tibetan man, woman and child is able to celebrate their heritage and culture, learn their own language, freely practice their faith and secure the dignity and respect that they deserve.

“If we do not speak out for human rights in Tibet because of economic concerns, then we lose all moral authority to talk about human rights in any other place in the world.  Let us move forward together, renewed by the enduring faith of the Tibetan people and his Holiness the Dalai Lama, and re-energize our efforts to ensure meaningful autonomy for Tibet and guarantee that the culture, religion and human rights of the Tibetan people be fully and forever respected.”

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