Reports have been leaking out of Tibet daily about how horrible the situation has been for the Tibetans under repressive Chinese rule. A U.S. Senator has challenged China's denials of this matter by alleging that the situation in Tibet is indeed horrible. On March 20, 2013, the Tibet Sun has reported, Tibet among world’s most repressed societies: US senator.
A top US senator has alleged that Tibet is among the most repressed and closed societies in the world as he expressed concerns about the continuing unrest in the region which has witnessed a tragic series of self-immolations. Senator Robert Menéndez, who is Chairman of the powerful Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has said, “Tibet today is one of the most repressed and closed societies in the world, where merely talking on the phone can land you in jail. Support for the Dalai Lama can be prosecuted as an offence against the state.”
The Senator has also said that Tibetans are treated as second class citizens whose travel within and outside of Tibetan areas is highly restricted. Furthermore, foreign diplomats and journalists are routinely denied access to Tibet. Menéndez has suggested the United States continue to fund important programs that help Tibetan communities, both in exile and on the Tibetan plateau.