The Amherst Town Council proclaims March 10th as 2021 Tibet Day here in Amherst, commemorate the occasion with the raising of the Tibetan flag with a small gathering of Tibetan community members & supporters outside of Amherst Town Hall.
Councilor Sponsors: Councilors Shalini Bahl-Milne, Pat De Angelis, Lynn Griesemer, and Dorothy Pam;
Community Sponsor: Regional Tibetan Association of Massachusetts, Mr. Tsering Dhundup, President
2021 TIBET DAY PROCLAMATION
WHEREAS, on March 10, 2021, Tibetans throughout the world will gather to commemorate the 62nd Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising against the brutal annexation of their country and pay tribute to more than one million Tibetans who lost their life in their struggle for the freedom of Tibet; and
WHEREAS, the annexation and ongoing suppression of human rights and freedom in Tibet and the intentional marginalization of Tibetan language, culture, and identity should continue to be a concern for all freedom-loving people everywhere; and
WHEREAS, on December 19, 2018, the Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act (sponsored by Representative Jim McGovern) was signed into law, calling for an end to China’s isolation of Tibet and providing American citizens, including Tibetan Americans in Amherst, with the same opportunity of access to Tibet as enjoyed by Chinese citizens visiting our country; and
WHEREAS, on December 27, 2020, the Tibet Policy and Support Act (again sponsored by Representative Jim McGovern) was signed into law, dramatically upgrading the United States political and humanitarian support for Tibetans in key areas, and making it an official US policy that the Dalai Lama’s succession is a strictly religious matter that only His Holiness the Dalai Lama and his followers can decide without the interference from the Chinese government; and
WHEREAS, the local community of Tibetan-Americans welcomes the passage of Tibetan Policy and Support Act and urges the State Department to robustly implement the programs and directives in the above bills to address systematic and egregious human rights abuses occurring in Tibet; and
WHEREAS, in recognition of the importance of the Tibetan Plateau as the source of eight largest river systems in the world, impacting more than 1 billion people in Asia, China’s reckless development policies are devastating Tibet’s fragile environment including major glaciers and rich biodiversity, putting the whole planet at risk; and
WHEREAS, in the last two months, Human Rights Watch have reported the death of a 19 year old Tibetan monk, Tenzin Nyima and a 51-year-old tour guide Kunchok Jinpa under mysterious circumstance soon after their release from Chinese police custody; and
WHEREAS, the Regional Tibetan Association of Massachusetts urge the UN Human Rights Council to investigate growing reports of torture in Tibet and the death of Tenzin Nyima and Kunchok Jinpa; and
WHEREAS, the Town of Amherst is home to a vibrant community of Tibetan Americans who have contributed to the diversity of our culture and tradition; and
WHEREAS, to pay tribute to the brave men and women who have given their lives for the cause of freedom in Tibet, members of the Regional Tibetan Association of Massachusetts (based in Amherst) will hold a flag raising ceremony at 10am on March 10, 2021 in front of the Amherst Town Hall and a Walk for Tibet from Amherst to Northampton.
NOW, THEREFORE, be it hereby resolved that we, the Town Council of the Town of Amherst in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in recognition of the local Tibetan American community’s plea for justice for the people of Tibet on this 62nd anniversary of Tibetan National Uprising Day, proclaim March 10, 2021, as TIBET DAY, and further recognize this Proclamation by hoisting the Tibetan National flag from March 10 to March 20, 2021 to help cultivate awareness for all residents of Amherst
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