Tuesday, December 19, 2017

USA Congress Foreign Affairs Asia-Pacific Subcommittee Dec 2017 hearing's view of religious and other freedoms in Tibet today

I came across a recent post by Terry Reis Kennedy, https://www.facebook.com/terry.reiskennedy/posts/10215235470418874, which shared this video:
Subcommittee Hearing: U.S. Policy Toward Tibet: Access, Religious Freedom ...(EventID=106697), https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFXRRPUR2iE&feature=youtu.be&t=42m (note the link starts the video at 42 mins which seems to be when the hearing starts), streamed live on Dec. 6th 2017.

I made the following comment on Terry's post:
Thanks a ton Terry Reis Kennedy for sharing. I saw the whole of the hearing part of the video. Recently I have been doing a fair amount of reading on Chinese and Tibetan history in the past few centuries from Internet sources like wikipedia and some videos on youtube. Therefore it was very interesting for me to see this hearing giving a contemporary USA Congress view of the matter involving USA members of Congress and knowledgeable people on the matter like Richard Gere and the two other witnesses.

The self-immolation protests are extremely disturbing. It is very sad that some Tibetans see self-immolation as the only way for their voices of protest to be heard in the outside world. My prayers to Almighty God to protect and nurture the Tibetan people and their Buddhist religion and traditions, whether they live in Tibet or in other countries like India and Nepal.
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This hearing was held by USA Congress' foreign affairs subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific - it seems to be a USA House of Representatives committee, https://foreignaffairs.house.gov/subcommittee/asia-and-the-pacific/. I felt it appropriate to share the names of the key members of USA Congress and the distinguished witnesses in this hearing:

The members of Congress involved were (I hope I got all the speakers on the Congress side of the hearing; Rep. stands for Representative):
1) Subcommittee Chairman, Rep. Ted Yoho, Republican-Florida, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted_Yoho
2) Subcommittee Ranking Member, Rep. Brad Sherman, Democrat-California, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brad_Sherman
3) Rep. Scott Perry, Republican-Pennsylvania, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scott_Perry_(politician)
4) Rep. Steve Chabot, Republican-Ohio, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Chabot
5) Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Republican-Florida, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ileana_Ros-Lehtinen
6) Rep. Jim McGovern, Democrat-Massachusetts, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jim_McGovern_(American_politician)
7) Rep. Gerry Connolly, Democrat-Virginia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerry_Connolly

The distinguished witnesses were:
1) Richard Gere, Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Gere
2) Tenzin Tethong, Director of the Tibetan Service, Radio Free Asia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tenzin_Tethong
3) Carl Gershman, President, National Endowment for Democracy, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carl_Gershman

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