The main US lawmakers across the aisle joined by eminent experts on Thursday criticized China for "continued repression and human rights violations" in Tibet, even when they praised India for hosting Tibetan refugees.
"Tibetans in Tibet continue to live in very, very challenging times," said Hollywood star Richard Gere, president of the International Campaign for Tibet, in his testimony before the Subcommittee on Foreign Affairs of the House of Representatives for Asia and the Pacific.
During the hearing, lawmakers and experts who testified before the subcommittee called for reciprocal access, religious freedom and human rights in Tibet.
Congressman Ted Yoho, who presided over the hearing, supported the Reciprocal Act of Access to Tibet of 2017 that proposes to deny US visas to the Chinese government officials involved by restricting access to Tibet.
Claiming that human rights and personal freedoms in Tibet "were already in a state of poverty and deterioration", Yoho said that the government of China is involved in a "severe repression" of religious, cultural and linguistic heritage unique to Tibet by "strictly restricting" the civil rights of the Tibetan population, including freedom of expression, religion, association, assembly and movement  The authorities have used "violent and heavy-handed tactics" to maintain control in the Tibet, especially in response to unrest, including "extrajudicial killings, torture, arbitrary arrests, extrajudicial arrests and house arrest," he said. He said.
"Tibet remains extremely isolated, the flow of information inside and outside Tibet is very restricted, Tibetans are prevented from obtaining passports and moving freely, and foreigners, especially journalists and officials, are often denied access. ", He said.
Congressman Brad Sherman demanded that Congress act quickly to counter China's "repressive tactics and policies" towards Tibet.
"This is important for our own position as leaders in global human rights," he said, praising India for accommodating Tibetan refugees.
"We are trying to build a strategic relationship and partnership with India, and we have to congratulate India for providing shelter to more than 90,000 Tibetans, including the Dalai Lama himself, who have had to flee from Chinese repression," he said. .
According to Congressman Steve Chabot, "the oppression of Tibet for decades" is a constant example of his total disregard for religious freedom and human decency. "
" Just this past weekend, another Tibetan monk was He set fire to protest against the current tyranny. China has systematically marginalized Tibet for more than 50 years, "he said.
The United States' own national security interests dictate that it opposes China's" increasingly repressive policies "on Tibet and that the United States work towards A negotiated solution and begin to make the treatment of "The people of Tibet is an important factor in our relations with Beijing," said Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.
Congressman Jim McGovern, author of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2017, said that the Dalai Lama can play a constructive role in negotiating a better future for the Tibetan people, but China "clearly does not see it that way".
"China is waiting for it and counting on its eventual departure to eliminate Tibet from the international agenda, so we must move forward now, and we need some influence, and that is why earlier this year, together with a bipartisan group of members ros, I present HR1872, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act, "he said.
"If China wants its citizens and officials to travel freely in the United States, Americans should be able to travel freely in China, including Tibet.
" But allowing travel to Tibet is only a step that China must take, and there are others. More especially, China should allow His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, to return to Tibet for a visit if he so wishes, "said McGovern.
Gere told lawmakers that reciprocity is an important principle in diplomatic relations should be implemented not only when it comes to trade, but also freedom of movement and freedom of information.
"If they (Chinese) want to be the superpower they claim to be and the world leader they claim to be, these rules must be followed" He said
Gere said that another important part of the Tibet Policy Law was to encourage negotiations between the Dalai Lama and his representatives and the Chinese government.
"We have not done that recently, and this needs to be the vanguard of our policy with China. It's not unreasonable, and it's really good for China. To solve this Tibetan problem is good for everyone, especially for the Chinese, "he said.