WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Jim Risch (R-Idaho), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, met with Central Tibetan Administration President Dr. Lobsang Sangay on Wednesday to discuss human rights violations the Chinese Communist Party inflicts on the people of Tibet.
“I am grateful for President Sangay’s visit to the U.S. Senate this week,” said Risch. “The people of Tibet are subjected to a wide range of human rights violations by the Chinese Communist Party, including forced disappearances, arbitrary detentions, and severe restrictions on religious freedoms. The Chinese government represses not only Tibetans but other minority groups including Uighurs, Mongolians, and Falun Gong practitioners.
“I sent a letter to Ambassador Brownback earlier this spring requesting support for religious freedom in Tibet and asking him to stop the Chinese government’s interference in the succession of the next Dalai Lama. I stand with President Sangay and the people of Tibet in their quest for religious freedom.”