(TibetanReview.net, Feb15’19) – A “Thank You, America” event hosted by the Office of Tibet, the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the Capital Area Tibetan Association, was held on Feb 12 to celebrate 60 years of American support for the Tibetan people. Guests who attended the event, held apparently at the Office of Tibet, Washington, included House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other members of US Congress.
Speaker Pelosi reaffirmed the United States support for the people of Tibet, saying, “unless we speak out bravely, we lose all moral authority”.
Congressman Jim McGovern, Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton, Congresswoman Betty McCollum, Congressman Ben McAdams, Congressman Tom Suozzi also gave impassioned speeches thanking the Tibetan people for their contributions to American society and stating their continued commitment to truth, human rights, and justice in Tibet, reported the Central Tibetan Administration on its Tibet.net website Feb 13.
US Ambassador of Religious Freedom Sam Brownback, the President of the International Campaign for Tibet Matteo Mecacci, and the President of the National Endowment for Democracy Carl Gershman were also stated to have spoken.
Members of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile from the USA Ms Pema Chagzoetsang and Mr Tsewang Rigzin were also stated to have spoken
President Lobsang Sangay of the CTA, who made a ceremonial presentation of a Dharma Wheel souvenir to Pelosi, told the audience that “Tibet and the Tibetan people have always found a true friend in the USA,” and “informed the audience that a resolution to Tibet issue is ‘not so far’ away,” said the CTA report.
The around two hundred people who attended the event were stated to include House and Senate Staffers, advocates of human rights, representatives of Tibetan Associations in the US and Chinese intellectuals and scholars. James Maloney, a Canadian Member of Parliament, was also stated to be present.