8th session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile begins

DHARAMSALA, Sep 12: The 8th session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile began today in the hill town of Dharamsala.mp1

On the first day, the Tibetan law makers passed three resolutions and urged the Indian government to raise the Tibet issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping when he visits India next week.

“We are grateful to India for all the support and assistance that it has provided to the Tibetan people. We urge the government of India to raise the Tibet issue with Chinese President Xi Jinping,” Speaker Penpa Tsering said on the floor of the House today.

Expressing hope in Chinese President Xi’s initiative to improve governance, Speaker Tsering urged him to look into the real cause of Tibetan People’s grievances and resolve the issue of Tibet through the mutually-beneficial Middle Way Approach.

Speaker Tsering expressed condolences on the loss of life and property caused by massive flooding in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir and urged Tibetans to contribute to the relief fund.mp2

He also stated that recent activities carried by Dolgyal groups are detrimental to the Tibetan movement and is a cause of concern for all Tibetans.

“We should deliberate on how to counter these false propaganda conducted by a few uninformed people belonging to Dolgyal groups,” he said.

The Tibetan Parliament resolved to condole and express solidarity with those who have sacrificed their lives for the cause of Tibet. It expressed condolences at the demise of former member of Tibetan Parliament, Ladang Jigme Gyatso. It also resolved to urge the new Chinese leadership to investigate the situation inside Tibet, expressing solidarity with those who continue to suffer Chinese atrocities in Tibet.

The agenda for the 8th session of the Tibetan Parliament include presentation of annual reports by the seven departments of the Central Tibetan Administration, and the presentation of annual report and recommendations of the 5th Public Accounts Committee of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile. The Parliament will also deliberate on the urgent situation prevailing inside Tibet.

The 8th session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile will conclude on Sep 24.


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