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NO. R-16. JOINT RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF NGAWANG CHOEPEL.

(J.R.S. 10)

Offered by:Senator Ready of Addison County.

Whereas, Ngawang Choepel was invited to Vermont as a Fulbright Scholar at Middlebury College for the 1993-1994 academic year, and

Whereas, by his gentle example of the peaceful teaching and performance of Tibetan arts and culture while a student at Middlebury College, he educated and inspired the people around him, and

Whereas, upon his return to Tibet, he was arrested and sentenced to 18 years in a Chinese prison without a fair trial, and

Whereas, Senator Leahy, during a recent trip to China, as well as Senator Jeffords and Representative Sanders from here in the United States, have each worked through diplomatic channels to secure Ngawang Choepel’s basic human rights to adequate care and a fair trial, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That we acknowledge our gratitude to Ngawang Choepel for his contributions to the people of Vermont and offer our support to him during this difficult time, and be it further

Resolved: That we extend our gratitude to all three members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation for their efforts on behalf of Ngawang Choepel, and offer them our continued support in this endeavor, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to Ngawang Choepel at Sanguyip Prison, Lhasa, Tibetan Autonomous Region, to {Ngawang’s mother}, to the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China to the United States, to the members of the Vermont Congressional Delegation and to President Bill Clinton.