US Senate’s Resolution Calls for Earnest Negotiations on Tibet Monday, 22 September 2008, 2:56 p.m.
Dharamshala: The US Senate passed a resolution on Wednesday calling for earnest negotiations between the representatives of His Holiness the Dalai and the Chinese government for a mutually agreeable solution that addresses the legitimate grievances of the Tibetan people.
The resolution was introduced by Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Russell Feingold (D-WI), which was approved unanimously by the U.S. Senate on 17 September.
The resolution said that the talks in October should focus on the welfare, cultural, political, and religious autonomy of the Tibetan people, and not on the person of the Dalai Lama.
It affirms that the human rights of Tibetans and their right to practice religion free of government regulation is not an internal matter of any one country.
The resolution calls on the US President to take a more personal and engaged interest in the successful conclusion of these negotiations, both unilaterally and in coordination with United States allies.
It calls on the US government to press the Government of China to respect freedom of speech and freedom of association, as required by international law and as enshrined in the Constitution of China and to release those who have committed no crime other than peaceful protest.
It urged the Chinese government to end the “patriotic education” campaign against lay and clerical Tibetans and allow Tibetans to practice their religion freely.