Posted on October 15, 2018
The unanimous passing of the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act by the House on September 25, 2018 was a historic victory for Tibet. However, in order for this bill to become law, the Senate must also pass it, so that the President can sign before December 31, 2018.
Given that we have so little time and the fact that China is trying everything possible to slow or even stop this bill, the International Campaign for Tibet has issued an urgent call to reach out to your Senators on the occasion of the 11th Anniversary of the Congressional Gold Medal to His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Wednesday, October 17, 2018.
Time is of the essence – take these 3 steps to help pass this bill into law:
The Reciprocal Access to Tibet bill, introduced by Congressman Jim McGovern, is a bill that promotes the freedom to travel by US citizens, diplomats, journalists, and tourists to Tibet. This is a bill of reciprocity, which is a fundamental principle of diplomatic relations.
In the words of Congressman Jim McGovern:
“…with this bill we are taking an important step forward on behalf of the human rights of Tibetans, we are reaffirming our support for the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and we are sending a message to the government of China: human rights are not negotiable. Supporting human rights is the moral thing to do. It is the right thing to do. And it is the American thing to do — for Tibetans, in China and everywhere else in the world.”