(TibetanReview.net, Nov18, 2018) – A draft resolution introduced Nov 13 in the US Senate to honour the life, accomplishments, and legacy of the His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s recently deceased former special envoy Mr Lodi Gyaltsen Gyari has been referred to the Committee on the Judiciary.
The draft, introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein and cosponsored by Robert Menendez, “celebrates the leadership and commitment of Lodi Gyari to fulfilling the vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the aspirations of the Tibetan people, including promoting freedom, human rights, and justice for the Tibetan people.”
The draft text commends “the achievements of Lodi Gyari in building an international coalition of support for Tibet that a) recognises the imperative to preserve the distinct culture and religious traditions of Tibet; and b) that the Tibetan people are entitled to their own identity and dignity and to genuine autonomy within the People’s Republic of China that fully preserves the rights and dignity of the Tibetan people.”
And it “strongly supports a political solution for Tibet that satisfies the legitimate grievances and aspirations of the Tibetan people, a cause to which Lodi Gyari devoted his entire life.”
Earlier, on Sep 20, 2012, the US Senate passed a resolution on Lodi Gyari for his years of service as Special Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The bipartisan resolution, introduced Sep 13 by Sen. John Kerry, Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was cosponsored by Sens. Richard Lugar (R-IN), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), John McCain (R-AZ), Joseph Lieberman (I-CT), Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Mark Kirk (R-IL) and Mark Udall (D-CO). And it was approved by unanimous consent through a voice vote.
Lodi Gyari passed away in a hospital in San Francisco on Oct 29 due to liver cancer, aged 69. His cremation ceremony is being held at the Mindrolling Monastery of Clement Town in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand state, India, on Nov 18.