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James P. McGovern

House lawmakers urge Obama to make Tibet a priority now

Congressman Jim McGovern is leading a group of 72 House lawmakers calling on President Barack Obama to make Tibet a priority during his final months in office.

The Massachusetts Democrat says the United States should help strengthen human rights in Tibet.

In a letter to Obama, the lawmakers say the Tibetan people view the U.S. as their friend.

They say it's time to honor that friendship with new strategies to "encourage meaningful dialogue, protect Tibetan rights, and preserve their unique cultural, religious and linguistic identity."

The letter also calls for Obama to publicly support the right of the Dalai Lama to return to Tibet.