FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 22 October 2020
Dorjee Tseten | +1-646-753-3889 | Dorjee@studentsforafreetibet.org
October 22—Today, United States Senator Josh Hawley introduced Senate Resolution 752 condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s use of forced labor and other coercive measures to destroy religious freedom in Tibet. The Resolution calls on American companies to divest of suppliers who use Tibetan or other forced labor. This groundbreaking Resolution was co-sponsored by Senators Thom Tillis, Ted Cruz, Marsha Blackburn, Tim Scott, Mike Braun, Todd Young, Kelly Loeffler, Bill Cassidy, Martha McSally and James Lankford.
“Beijing is using modern slavery to punish Tibetans for practicing their religious faith. This is just the latest example of the lengths to which the CCP is willing to go to impose its will on others. We must hold Beijing accountable and that starts with ending American corporations’ complicity in Chinese forced labor,” said Senator Josh Hawley.
“Tibetan and our supporters applaud Senator Hawley for introducing a Senate Resolution condemning the Chinese Communist Party’s use of forced labor in Tibet and supporting Tibetan freedom. The Chinese government’s policy of Sinicizing Tibet has increased under Xi’s rule and aims to wipe out any trace of Tibetan national identity. Tibetans have continued to resist, despite thousands upon thousands of unjust arrests, political indoctrination, torture, and death. It is time for a response from the international community that matches the courage and conviction of Tibetans inside Tibet. We call on other countries to pass similar legislation in support of Tibet and to hold China and companies accountable who are benefiting from the occupation of Tibet,” said Dorjee Tseten, Executive Director of Students for a Free Tibet.
If passed, this Resolution would have five significant accomplishments:
- Firstly, the Resolution would condemn China’s campaigns against Tibetan religious freedom and its illegitimate efforts to designate the next Dalai Lama, which is a matter that should be determined solely by the Tibetan Buddhist community. The same principle is enshrined in Senate Resolution 429, passed unanimously by the Senate in 2018, and in the landmark Tibetan Policy and Support Act, passed unanimously by the House this year and pending in the Senate.
- Secondly, the resolution calls on the US government to investigate the CCP’s use of military-style Tibetan forced labor. As 500,000 Tibetans endure Chinese labor camps, we need more research and details on the horrors of this forced labor program so it can be fought effectively.
- Thirdly, the Resolution calls on US companies to divest from suppliers and other partners that use Tibetan or other forced labor in occupied Tibet.
- Fourthly, the Resolution calls on the United States government to proactively support the Dalai Lama’s call for negotiations to resolve the issue of Tibet.
- Finally, this Resolution calls on all nations to condemn the CCP’s nefarious attempts at imposing its will abroad.