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Tibetan Solidarity Movement

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New Delhi, 22 October, 2011: In solidarity with the recent incidents of self-immolations in and around Kirti Monastery, Ngaba County, Sichuan Province, Tibet; Tibetan Parliament in exile launched Tibetan Solidarity Movement on 12 October.

On 13 October, a delegation of TPiE members led by Speaker, Mr. Penpa Tsering and Deputy Speaker, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel lobbied Indian Government officials, political party leaders and 17 foreign embassies based in New Delhi, India.

Tibetan Solidarity Movement’s Call for Action:

1. Strongly urge the People’s Republic of China to respect the fundamental right of the Tibetans to freely practice their religion. 2. Strongly urge People’s Republic of China to review its existing policies in Tibet in order to have a truly harmonious society. 3. Appeal to International governments and the United Nations to call on China to genuinely uphold the international human rights standards. 4. Call on China to allow international independent fact-finding delegations and media to visit Tibet and in particular Kirti Monastery. 5. Call on China to completely withdraw Chinese military presence from the Kirti Monastery. Call on China to clarify the condition and whereabouts of Lobsang Kalsang(age18), Lobsang Konchok (19), Kelsang Wangchuk(17) and Norbu Damdul (19).

TPiE led a four day mass solidarity movement on 18th October with a 24 hr fast by 35 members of Tibetan Parliament in exile. More than 1000 monks and nuns joined the fast and led a prayer sessions throughout the day. Several Indian supporters also joined the fast and expressed their solidarity with the movement. Former MP and Tibet supporter Kiran Rijiju reiterated his commitment in working for Tibet and said that it was in India’s interest to resolve the Tibet issue.

At 3.00 pm, TPIE Speaker, Mr. Penpa Tsering held a press conference attended by scores of media persons. News reporters of the following media were present at the conference: AFP, Reuters, German Radio Network, Spanish News Agency, Wall Street Journal, Hindustan Times, Indian Express, The Asian Age, Tribune, UCA news, Amar Ujala. In addition reporters from Tibetan media were also present there.

19 October, 9.00 am, the Tibetans who came to participate in the movements from the different corners of India and Nepal gathered at Rajghat and took part in the inter-faith prayer for Tibet wherein religious leaders from seven different faiths: Buddhism, Sikhism, Christianity, Jainism, Islam, Hindu and Bahai were present. More than 1500 Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns led the mass rally of above 3000 Tibetans from Rajghat to Jantar Mantar.


Orientation Program for the New Members of Tibetan Parliament in Exile

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Dharamsala, 16 September, 2011: Orientation programme for the new members of TPiE was organised at the Snow Hermitage Resort in Dharamsala from 10-15 September, 2011. The objective of the programme was to equip the elected representatives in dealing with issues concern to the Tibetan people

There were 17 newly elected members who took part in this five-day programme, where 11 resource persons including Speaker and Kalon Tripa share their knowledge and thoughts. The presentations and sessions given during the programme were:  “Tibetan Parliamentary Procedure and its Mechanism” by Geshe Monlam Tharchin; “Rules and Regulation governing budgeting procedure and formulation of CTA’s annual budget” by Mr. Tsering Dhondup, former Kalon of Department of Finance; “Tibetan Charter in Exile” by Former Speaker, Mr. Pema Jungney; “New Education Policy of Central Tibetan Administration” by Former Kalon and Speaker, Mr. Thupten Lungrig; “Effective Communication” by Former Speaker, Mr. Karma Chophel; “Sustenance of Tibetan settlements and Tibetan Cooperative in India”  by DoH Secretary Mr. Ngodup Dorjee;“Briefings on Human Rights situation inside Tibet” by TCHRD Deputy Director, Mr. Jamphel Monlam; “Organizational Structure and functioning of People’s Republic of China and China’s People’s Party” by China Analyst Mr. Baba Kelsang Gyaltsen; “Benefits and privileges enjoyed by Tibetan Parliamentarians” by  Mr. Gyalrong Dawa Tsering.

As part of the course, the MPs on Tuesday & Wednesday visited all the departments and offices of the central Tibetan administration, starting from the Department of Information & International Relations (DIIR) to learn their structures and functioning.


Inter college Students’ Meet 2011

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Dharamsala, 28 August, 2011: TPPRC in association with Student Association of Sarah organised An Inter College Students’ Meet at College for Higher Tibetan Studies, Sarah from 24 to 27 August, 2011. Objectives of the meet were to help students acquire better knowledge of current political situation in Tibet; To groom Tibetan youth for their future responsibilities; And to promote democratic values among the Tibetan youth and creating awareness on the achievements of 50 years of Tibetan democracy.

A total number of 59 students participated in the meet. The resource persons were Kalon Tripa, Dr. Lobsang Sangay; Members of TPiE, Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen and Mr. Sonam Gyaltsen.

Dr. Lobsang Sangay spoke mainly on the development of the Tibetan Democracy in Exile and role of the institution of H. H. the Dalai Lama after coming to Exile. The core point he made was on the development and transformation of the Central Tibetan Administration’s structure.


Commemorating 50 Years of Tibetan Democracy in Exile

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New Delhi, 3 September, 2011: As a part of year long commemoration of 50 years of Tibetan democracy in exile, lectures and talks were held in Manglore, Mundgod, Kalimpong, Darjeling, Dharamshala, Gopalpur, Chennai, Trichi, Baroda, Delhi, and Chandigarh between July and September for the Tibetan youths studying in senior secondary schools and Indian colleges. The programme was carried out in conjunction with TPiE members visit. The talks given to the students were broadly categorized in the following sub-topics: a) History of Tibetan democracy in exile; Processes and achievements. B) Great role of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama. C) Situation inside Tibet under PRC.

On 2 & 24 July, 2011, Mr. T.T. Karma Chophel (former Speaker) and Ven. Tenpa Yarphel conducted lectures at CST Kalimpong and CST Darjeling in North Bengal respectively, where 575 senior students and 15 teaching staffs took part in the these programmes.

On 28 July, 2011, Mr. Serta Tsultrim and Ven. Mogru Tempa carried out almost half day programme for the students of CST Mundgod on the above topics. Around 400 students were present in the gathering and keenly followed presentations made by the resource persons.

On 12 July and 2 August, 2011, Ven. Khenpo Sonam Tenphel, Deputy Speaker gave talk at TCV School Dharamshala and Gopalpur TCV School respectively. Sum total of 750 students and around 100 faculty members were there in these two events.


APIPFT Members Attend Swearing-in Ceremony of New Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay

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Dharamsala, 9 August, 2011: A contingent of Indian dignitaries consisting of Former Chief Minister of Uttrakhand Shri. Bhaghat Singh Koshiyari, Samajvadi Party National Vice President Shri. Brij Bhushan Tiwari, BJP National Vice President Shayam Jaju and JDU National G. Secretary Mr. Javed Razzaq attended the swearing-in ceremony of New Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay on 8 August, 2011 held at Tsuklakhang in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

There was a large number of Indian and foreign guests at the ceremony.  A private audience with H.H. the Dalai Lama was also arranged for the Indian dignitaries after the ceremony. 

Youth Leadership Workshop for University Students 2011

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Dharamsala, 14 June, 2011: TPPRC organized 9 days workshop on youth leadership in Dharamsala from 3 to 13 June. Total participants of 62 college going students from 12 different universities in India and 1 from Columbia University USA attended the workshop. The programme was segregated into four major activities:

1. Talks, Briefings & Presentations: History of Tibet and commencement of Tibet's five religious traditions; Democratic organizational structure of the Central Tibetan Administration and functioning of Tibetan NGOs and media; Understanding PRC, its structure and leaders; State of Tibet’s environment; Human rights situation inside Tibet, procedure and mechanism of the United Nation were covered.

2. Panel discussions: This year also, numbers of panel discussion on the topics which were directly concerned to the objectives and the functioning of CTA offices and departments were included in the programme such as "Achievements, challenges and the future prospects of the Tibetan"; “Why election commission, public service commission and the office of the auditor general are kept as autonomous bodies”; and "The future responsibility of Tibetan youth towards their own community."


Farewell Get Together of the TPPRC Governing Council Members

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Dharamsala, 25 May, 2011: As a mark of appreciation and gratitude to the outgoing members of TPPRC Governing Council, the centre organised a farewell get together of the members on 24 May, 2011 from 6 - 8 pm at Choenor House, Mcleod Ganj in Dharamsala.

Members present at the gathering were: Speaker of TPiE, Mr. Penpa Tsering (Chairman); Kalon Tripa, Prof. Samdong Rinpoche (Co-chairman); FNF South Asia Regional Director, Mr. Sigried Herzog (member); Deputy Speaker of TPiE, Mrs. Gyari Dolma (member); DoE kalon, Mr. Thupten Lungrig (member); DIIR kalon, Mrs. Kesang Y. Takla (member); OHHDL Secretary, Mr. Chime R. Choekyappa (member); FNF Programme Executive, Mr. Omair Ahmad (member); and TPPRC Executive Director, Mr. Choekyong Wangchuk (member). FNF Regional Director delivered a short speech on the occasion followed by words of thanks and appreciations to all the members by the Executive Director of TPPRC.


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