Raise Tibet issue with Hu Jintao: Tibetan Americans to Obama

Tibetan organisations and support groups in the US today appealed to President Barack Obama to raise the Tibet issue.

Updated: Jan 14, 2011, 12:09 PM IST

Washington: Tibetan organisations and support groups in the US today appealed to President Barack Obama to raise the Tibet issue, including the human rights condition there with his Chinese counterpart Hu Jintao, during the latter`s upcoming State visit.

As many as 39 Tibetan Associations, organisations and
support groups in a letter, appealed to Obama to make Tibet a
substantive part of the agenda when he meets Chinese President
Hu Jintao at the White House.

"President Obama understands the Tibet problem as a
trespass against the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and
a challenge to China`s peaceful rise," said Mary Beth Markey,
President of the International Campaign for Tibet.

"He should use the opportunity of this summit to tell
President Hu that a peaceful solution for Tibet is not only
possible, but a prerequisite for China attaining the status
and legitimacy it seeks," he added.

The International Campaign for Tibet also joined nine
other rights groups and China-specialist groups in calling
Obama to use the upcoming State visit by Hu Jintao as an
opportunity to demonstrate America`s commitment to human
rights in China.

"As you are aware, for the past six decades, the
Tibetan people have been denied their fundamental human
rights," the letter said.
"President Hu Jintao`s visit to Washington is a unique
opportunity to engage him meaningfully on the Tibet issue and
showcase the ideals and values cherished by Americans,
including openness, democracy and individual liberty.

"These principles underlie your remarks about rights
that are universal to all human beings," it said.
Observing that Tibet is an integral part of the
US-China relationship for moral, historical and strategic
reasons, the letter said the position the US has adopted on
Tibet, creates an incumbent duty on this administration to
continue to raise the issue with Chinese leaders at the
highest levels.

"Tibet must be on the agenda of your summit with
President Hu," the US-based Tibetan organisations demanded.

PTI