DHARAMSHALA: U.S. Congressman Jim McGovern, a senior House Democrat and co-chair of the bipartisan Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission condemned the Chinese government’s recent move to impose draconian controls on Larung Gar, the famous Tibetan Buddhist centre of learning.
Congressman McGovern on Wednesday drew the attention of the House of Representatives to the new administrative controls imposed by the Chinese government on Larung Gar.
“According to information published by Human Rights Watch on January 24, 2018, some 200 Communist Party cadres and lay officials are taking over all management, finances, security, admissions, and even the choice of textbooks at the Larung Gar centre, following demolitions and expulsions carried out last year,” he said.
Congressman McGovern condemned China’s illegal takeover of the Tibet’s most influential center of learning and persistent violation of its own constitution. “China says it respects constitutionally protected religious beliefs that is a lie. When the state puts officials who are required to be atheists in charge of your religious institution, that is not religious freedom. When admission requires a firm political stand when the state tells you what to teach and students must honour the communist party that is not religious freedom”.
He declared that if President Trump won’t act, Congress must ensure there are consequences for China’s egregious actions to control and destroy Tibetan Buddhism.
The Chinese authorities have imposed new administrative controls on the Tibetan Buddhist monastic centre of Larung Gar, targetting every level of activity within the centre.
According to an official document obtained by Human Rights Watch, some 200 Communist Party cadres and lay officials, who are required to be atheists, are taking over all management, finances, security, admissions, and even the choice of textbooks at the centre, following demolitions and expulsions in 2017.