While the clock ticked down on the TPSA’s passage, the US was making its resistance to China’s interference in the succession of the Dalai Lama even more apparent. Ambassador Andrew Bremberg, permanent representative of the United States of America to the Office of the United Nations and other international organizations in Geneva, hosted a US Mission in Geneva event on “Religious Freedom in Tibet: The Appointment of Buddhist Leaders and the Succession of the Dalai Lama.”

The US ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, the president of the Central Tibetan Administration and the special coordinator for Tibetan issues in the State Department all took part in the event. So did ICT’s Director of Outreach Tencho Gyatso, who said, “As a representative of the International Campaign for Tibet, I call on you all to put the question of religious freedom and the succession of His Holiness the Dalai Lama at the top of your human rights agenda in all your relationships with the People’s Republic of China.”