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Letter: China, Tibet and Human Rights

October 18, 2009

The New York Times
October 16, 2009

To the Editor:

Re "Former Czech Leader Assails Moral Compromises" (news article, Oct. 15):

Vaclav Havel, the former Czech president, is
right on the money in questioning President
Obama’s refusal to meet with the Dalai Lama
recently. The Tibetan leader is nothing less than
a modern-day Gandhi, a constant, necessary, moral thorn in the side of China.

To take its place among nations, China must
confront its own recent past and acknowledge the
real crimes committed against Tibetans, other
so-called "nationalities" and its own dissidents.
Our president would do well to pay heed to Mr.
Havel’s warning that coddling of rights-abusing nations is a “road to hell.”

There is still plenty of time before the
president makes his first official visit to China
in November, and still plenty of hope left in his
relatively young administration to make the
necessary changes and recognize in real deeds the
primacy of human rights in international affairs.

David Fernández-Barrial
Takoma Park, Md., Oct. 14, 2009
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