House of Representatives passes Tibetan Policy and Support Act!
Earlier this week the House voted overwhelmingly to approve the bill, which will dramatically upgrade US political and humanitarian support for Tibetans, including the sanctioning of Chinese officials for interfering in the Dalai Lama’s succession. The focus will now move to the Senate.
The success of the bill has been aided by Tibetan Americans and Tibet supporters, including members of the International Campaign for Tibet, who’ve sent more than 12,000 messages so far to their members of Congress asking them to support the bill.
Tibet Lobby Day will be a joint US-EU effort this spring
ICT will bring together its members, Tibetans and Tibet groups to lobby for Tibet on both sides of the Atlantic this spring. Tibet Lobby Day 2020 will take place in Brussels, headquarters of the European Union, March 16-19 and Washington, DC, March 23-24. This joint effort will emphasize Tibet’s crucial role in global affairs by bringing Tibet supporters face-to-face with EU and US officials.
Want to join the action? Sign-up to attend Tibet Lobby Day in Washington, DC on March 23-24!
More than 30 Tibetans imprisoned after protests in Sershul
More than 30 Tibetan monks and laypeople were imprisoned for two weeks in a harsh crackdown in Sershul in eastern Tibet following the arrest of seven Tibetans there for protests in November. Conditions in detention were harsh, and the Tibetans were given only tsampa (roasted barley flour) to eat.
According to ICT’s source, they had fallen under suspicion of the police for such reasons as keeping images of the Dalai Lama, having contacts with Tibetans outside Tibet, or demonstrating an uncooperative attitude toward officials.
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Deadline Approaching to Apply for ICT’s 2020 Lodi Gyari Fellowships
Applications for the 2020 Lodi Gyari Fellowships under ICT’s Washington Internship Program for Tibetan Americans (WIPTA) are due by Sunday, February 2. The fellowship, available to Tibetan undergraduate and graduate students, is a full-expense-covered summer program that places qualified candidates in internship programs within US Congressional offices in Washington, DC.
WIPTA is part of ICT’s overall Lodi Gyari Tibetan Empowerment Program and is dedicated to promoting and empowering the burgeoning Tibetan American community by providing meaningful opportunities to take part in and gain exposure to all levels of the US political process. It aims to develop leadership and professional skills, encourage political and civic engagement, and foster a strong interest in public service careers.
The Dalai Lama expresses his sadness over the destruction in Australia
Writing to the Australian Prime Minister, the Dalai Lama recently relayed his condolences over the loss of life caused by a series of enormous brushfires in Australia:
“It is simply heart-wrenching to see reports of these ferocious infernos, while the personal bravery of so many volunteers who have come together as firefighters is an inspiration.”
To see the rest of his message, click here.