Rohrabacher Writes Kerry of Concerns on March Tibetan Vote

Feb 3, 2016
Press Release

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Dana Rohrabacher today sent a letter to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and Administrator Gayle E. Smith of the Agency for International Development expressing concerns over how rule changes will affect next month’s election of a leader of the Central Tibetan Administration. The CTA represents Tibet’s people in exile, whose homeland is occupied by Communist China.

Rohrabacher, who chairs the House Subcommittee on Europe, Eurasia, and Emerging Threats, reminded the officials of House Resolution 337, passed July 8 last year, which called for U.S. monitoring of the election of a Sikyong, the democratically chosen leader of the CTA.

The California Republican said he was troubled by rules enacted for the conduct of the March voting. “These rules,” said Rohrabacher, “appear to have the effect of anti-democratically restricting free speech and free association, at a time when the current CTA incumbents are seeking reelection.”

A copy of the letter can be found here.

 

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