Pelosi Statement on the 85th Birthday of His Holiness The Dalai Lama

July 6, 2020
Press Release

San Francisco – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today in recognition of the 85th birthday of His Holiness The Dalai Lama:

“Across the globe, millions of Tibetans and peace-loving people join together to honor His Holiness The Dalai Lama and to wish him a wonderful 85th birthday.  The Dalai Lama is a messenger of hope, whose spiritual guidance has been a vital force to advance warm-heartedness and compassion, promote religious harmony, secure human rights and preserve the language and culture of the Tibetan people.

“Sadly, the aspirations of His Holiness and the Tibetan people remain unfulfilled as the oppressive Chinese regime continues its disgraceful campaign of persecution.  Congress on a bipartisan basis has long spoken with one voice in defense of those persecuted by Beijing and will continue to do so.  In January, House Democrats defended the rights of Tibetans to practice their faith, speak their language and celebrate their culture free from Beijing’s repressive grip by passing the Tibet Policy and Support Act, which makes clear the United States’ position that interference by Beijing in the process of recognizing a successor or reincarnation of the 14th Dalai Lama would represent a clear violation of the religious freedoms of the Tibetan people.  The Senate must pass this bipartisan legislation and support the bond of friendship that has existed between the United States, The Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people for decades.

“In honor of this special day and of the dreams of the Tibetan people, America remains committed to opposing the acceleration of Beijing’s aggression toward the people of Tibet, as well as its brutal campaign against the Uyghur people, its suppression of free speech and assault on the ‘one country, two systems’ doctrine in Hong Kong, and its violent efforts to undermine religious freedom and human rights throughout China.  May this next year bring His Holiness The Dalai Lama, the people of Tibet and all those working to advance freedom in China and around the world a future of peace, security and prosperity for all.”