FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 1 June 2020
Gonpo Dhundup, President, Tibetan Youth Congress, Dharamsala, India
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Dorjee Tseten, Executive Director, Students for a Free Tibet, New York, United States
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The Tibetan Youth Congress and Students for a Free Tibet, two of the largest global grassroots organizations in the Tibetan freedom struggle, applaud the ‘Free Tibet Act of 2020’ (H.R. 6948) introduced in the United States House of Representatives by Congressman Scott Perry (R-PA) on May 19, 2020.
“This bill represents a historic milestone for the Tibetan people who have struggled for freedom and independence from China for the last 70 years and it will go down in history as an important moment when the American people recognized Tibet’s legitimate claim to independence,” said Gonpo Dhundup, President, Tibetan Youth Congress.
While H.R.6948 refers to the “Tibet Autonomous Region of the People’s Republic of China,” Students for a Free Tibet and the Tibetan Youth Congress have engaged with Congressman Perry’s office to request that he amend this language so as to include the whole of Tibet, not just the TAR.
The so-called “Tibet Autonomous Region” was formed on September 9, 1965 by the Chinese Communist Party after its illegal invasion of Tibet, and constitutes less than half of the actual size of Tibet.  For the last seven decades, Tibetans in Tibet and in exile, from the three traditional regions of Tibet –– U-stang, Kham and Amdo –– have been fighting against the colonial occupation of our homeland by China. Moreover, since 2009, there have been 156 cases of Tibetan self-immolation protests against Chinese rule in all the three traditional regions of Tibet.
China’s initial coverup of the Coronavirus outbreak led to a pandemic that has now brought the entire world to a standstill. It is clear that the Chinese government’s authoritarian practices of censorship and repression endanger people everywhere. The international community must reject the Chinese government’s model of surveillance and control that Tibetan, Uyghur, Southern Mongolian, Hong Konger, Taiwanese, and Chinese people have suffered under for too long. The Chinese Communist Party must be held accountable.
“As the Tibet movement welcomes this bill, we call on all governments and global institutions to come together in solidarity during this crisis to ensure that freedom and human rights are upheld,” said Dorjee Tseten, Executive Director, Students for a Free Tibet “We urge world governments to take immediate multilateral action against Beijing’s authoritarian rule by challenging China’s illegal occupation of Tibet and by rejecting the ‘One China Policy’ in theory and practice. We urge other governments and leaders to take a stronger political stand when dealing with China and introduce similar bills to recognize Tibet as a separate, independent country that remains under China’s illegal occupation.”
The Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) is a worldwide Organisation of Tibetans united in our common struggle for the restoration of complete independence for the whole of Tibet, which includes the traditional three provinces of U-Tsang, Do-toe, and Do-med. An independent Organisation, with a written constitution and its own plans and programmes, TYC has emerged as the largest and most active non-governmental Organisation of Tibetans in exile. It has more than 35,000 members worldwide
Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) works in solidarity with the Tibetan people in their struggle for freedom and independence. We are a chapter-based network of young people and activists around the world. Through education, grassroots organizing, and nonviolent direct action, we campaign for Tibetans’ fundamental right to political freedom. Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) was founded in New York City in 1994 by a group of Tibetans and young students and supporters. Since that time, SFT has grown into an international network of students and activists in more than 35 countries with its headquarters based in New York.
全球最大的争取西藏自由的两个草根组织，西藏青年大会（TYC）和自由西藏学生运动（SFT），对美国众议院议员斯科特-佩里（Scott Perry，R-PA）于2020年5月19日提出的 “2020年自由西藏法案”（H.R. 6948）表示赞赏。
藏青会主席贡布顿珠（Gonpo Dhundup）说： “这项法案对于过去70年來为了从中国争取自由和独立的藏人來說，是一个历史性的里程碑，它将继续被视为美国人民承认西藏独立的合法要求的重要时刻。”
中国共产党非法入侵西藏后，于1965年9月9日成立的 “西藏自治区”，占藏区实际面积的不到一半。在过去的70年里，西藏三个传统地区 (卫藏、康、安多)的藏人和流亡在外的藏人，一直在反抗中国对我们祖国的殖民占领。尤其是，自2009年以来，西藏三区的藏人抗议中国统治的自焚事件，已达156起。
自由西藏学生运动执行主任多吉才旦（Dorjee Tseten）说： “为争取西藏自由的人们欢迎这一法案。我们呼吁各国政府和全球机构在这场危机中团结一致，确保自由和人权得到维护。”
我们敦促世界各国政府，立即采取多边行动，反对北京的专制统治，挑战中国对西藏的非法占领，反对 “一个中国政策 “的理论和实践。我们敦促其他国家的政府和领导人在与中国打交道时，采取更强硬的政治立场，并提出类似的法案，承认仍处于中国非法占领之下的西藏，是一个单独的、独立的国家。
 Indeed, the creation of the TAR is seen as an attempt by the CCP to “divide and conquer” Tibetans. Yet even the CCP recognizes the Tibetan areas outside of the TAR as “Tibetan autonomous” counties or prefectures. See, e.g., https://tibet.net/about-tibet/map-of-tibet/.