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Testimony of Commissioner Tenzin Dorjee on "Tibet: Freedom of Religion"

Commissioner Tenzin Dorjee holds up a photo of Gedhun Choekyi Nyima – The Panchen Lama, who was forcibly disappeared by the Chinese government in 1995. Commissioner Dorjee is advocating on behalf of the Panchen Lama as part of USCIRF's Religious Prisoners of Conscience Project

USCIRF Commissioner Tenzin Dorjee testified on July 12, 2017 before the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission at a hearing titled: "Tibet: Freedom of Religion." Commissioner Dorjee is the first Tibetan Buddhist appointed to serve on USCIRF and was smuggled out of Tibet as a child after the Chinese Communist forces invaded.

In his testimony Commissioner Dorjee discussed his personal story of fleeing Tibet and the Chinese government's repression of Tibetan Buddhists, including the demolition of the Larung Gar Buddhist academy and the detention of religious prisoners of conscience. Commissioner Dorjee also provided recommendations to the U.S. Congress and Administration. 

Click here to read Commissioner Dorjee's testimony

Click here to watch the hearing

Click here to see the USCIRF 2017 Annual Report chapter on China (in English)

Click here to see the USCIRF 2017 Annual Report chapter on China (in Chinese)