By Tenzin Nyidon
DHARAMSHALA, March 19: The 17th Parliament-in-Exile, on its 4th day of the budget session, passed a unanimous “Resolution of Gratitude” to honor the former U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Saturday for her unwavering and relentless support to Tibet and Tibetans.
Presenting the motion in the house, parliamentarian Tsering Lhamo underlined Pelosi’s staunch support and commitment in repeatedly advancing the cause of Tibet in the US Congress while calling for human rights and religious freedom for Tibetans in Tibet. The parliamentarian highlighted her unyielding leadership in support of the Tibet Policy Act of 2019 to strengthen America’s commitment to the Tibetan people and their right to safeguard their distinct identity.
Among other priorities, the parliamentarians also expressed their gratitude to Speaker Pelosi’s courage and dedication to holding China accountable for its oppression of Tibetan people and denying Tibetans fundamental rights and not safeguarding Tibet’s natural environment.
Others lauded the Speaker for her fearlessness in aggresively criticising the Chinese regime for its interference in the reincarnation issue of the Dalai Lama. As a long-time friend of the 14th Dalai Lama, Speaker Pelosi has also advocated for the ‘Middle Way Approach’ a policy championed by the Tibetan leader seeking genuine autonomy for Tibet.
The motion of gratitude presented in the parliament session received unanimous support from all the parliamentarians with a recommendation for a grand celebration of gratitude to honour the Speaker in Dharamshala, the seta of the exile Tibetan set-up.