US President signs Tibet Reciprocal Access bill into law

US President Donald Trump

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Tibet Sun Online News

ON THE WEB, 20 December 2018

US President Donald Trump signed into law the “Reciprocal Access to Tibet Act of 2018”, which promotes the same free access for US citizens to travel in Tibet as Chinese citizens receive to travel in the US.

President Trump signed the bill following passage by the Senate on 11 December, after approval from the House of Representatives in September.

This law will ban Chinese officials from receiving US visas who restrict Americans from travelling in Tibet.

Foreigners travelling to Tibet need special permission, but have limited access, particularly foreign diplomats and journalists, even if they get to travel in the region at all. Often tourists are subject to high levels of surveillance, unlike in other parts of China.

China impose heavy restrictions on both Tibetans and foreigners, particularly during the times when sensitive events approach.

Rights groups say that the Chinese government continues to severely restrict basic human rights in Tibet, including freedom of religion, speech, movement, and assembly. The Chinese government also fail to redress popular concerns about mining and land grabs by local officials.

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