Filed by Office of Tibet, Washington DC
Kalon Phagpa Tsering of the security department of Central Tibetan Administration met with the special coordinator’s office on Tibet in the State Department. The meeting was very productive covering a range of challenges that Tibetans inside as well as outside are facing.
Mr. Noah Krystel from the special coordinator’s office welcomed Kalon Phagpa Tsering and expressed US deep concern over human rights issue in Tibet and China in broad. Mr. Phagpa Tsering thanked the US government and people for their support and funding to Tibet on behalf of the Central Tibetan Administration.
In their conversation, Mr. Phagpa Tsering introduced the increasingly oppressed situation in Tibet. He described concentration camps were first tried and implemented in Tibet and now the Chinese regime has brought them to Uighurs. While appreciating the United State for passing Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, Kalon touched upon a drastic change of mass surveillance system in Tibet restricting Tibetan’s mobility within their own land. He raised the issue of the plight of an ordinary Tibetan which has gone through numerous jurisdiction in levels just to get approval for traveling within the Tibetan plateau. This makes extremely hard for a Tibetan from eastern and another part of Tibet to reach Lhasa these days. An ID that supports them to travel within Tibet in the old days doesn’t help anymore.
Further, Mr. Phagpa Tsering talked about the violation of religious freedom in Tibet. He explained that monks and nuns in monasteries are under strict surveillance by the management committee, which has direct contact with the local police department. Even appointing of an abbot and spiritual master in monasteries are monitored by local Chinese officers, making it even more difficult to appoint a suitable candidate with Buddhist knowledge and practice. Kalon Phagpa continued to explain the endangering challenges faced where the Tibetan language is concerned. He mentioned that the improvement in the Tibetan language in Tibet was once brought in action by His Holiness Panchen Lama’s tremendous contribution. However, in the past decade, Tibetan language and culture are facing degradation under the current policy of China. Kalon notified the example of Mr. Tashi Wangchuk, his allegation of separatism when he tried to protect and preserve Tibetan Language under the Chinese constitution.
While showing his deep concerns, Mr. Krystel confirmed that his understanding of the current situation of Tibet is in par with what the minister has described. He also assured the United State policy towards Tibet hasn’t changed and the support will be continued.
The meeting was ended with the presentation of a white scarf as a token of appreciation to the special coordinator’s office.