DHARAMSALA, 20 April: The Central Tibetan Administration(CTA) has congratulated Congressman Jim McGovern (D-MA) and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), the new chair and co-chair of the US’ bipartisan Congressional-Executive Commission on China(CECC).
“We are extremely happy for the appointment of Congressman Jim McGovern and Marco Rubio as the Chairman and Co-chairman of the CECC respectively. We extend our heartiest congratulations to both of them,” CTA Spokesperson Sonam Norbu Dagpo was quoted as saying in the CTA’s official webpage tibet.net.
“We are certain that they will bring the issue of human right violation particularly in China to the forefront of global discussions,” he concluded.
The new chair of the CECC has stated that strong support for human rights ought to be at the heart of America’s foreign policy, reports the commission’s official webpage.
“We must send the message that we stand with those around the world whose rights and freedoms have been trampled, whether it is the right to culture and religious freedom, or the right to food and medicine, or the right to speak out and organize,” Congressman Jim McGovern has said.
U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi appointed Congressman Jim McGovern as Chair of the bipartisan CECC for the 116th Congress and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed Senator Marco Rubio as Co-chair, the report added.
“I look forward to working with Chairman Jim McGovern on the Commission’s continuing efforts to stand with the Chinese people and shine a light on the Communist Chinese Government’s systemic and egregious abuses of human rights and the rule of law, including China’s internment of over a million Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, its denial of fundamental freedoms in Hong Kong, and its brutal repression of human rights lawyers, journalists, Tibetan Buddhists, Christians, and others,” the co-chair of the commission Senator Marco Rubio has said in the report.
The Congressional-Executive Commission on China was formed in 2000 to monitor human rights and in China and to encourage the development of the rule of law. It comprises of nine Senators, nine Members of the House of Representatives, and five senior Administration officials.
The Commission submits an annual report to the President and Congress every October.