Sixth session of 16th Tibetan Parliament begins

DHARAMSALA, Sep 18: The sixth session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile began today to discuss the work reports of the seven departments of the Central Tibetan Administration.

Speaker Sonam Tenphel, in his opening remarks, highlighted the deteriorating human rights inside Tibet under the Chinese rule and further condemned China for violation of religious freedom of the Tibetans in Tibet. The Speaker also emphasised on the ill-advised developmental projects being carried out in Tibet by the Chinese regime at the cost of the fragile Tibetan environment.

On the first day of the current session, the Parliament passed three unanimous resolutions to mourn the demise of the former Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Drashi Gyapon Kelsang Dadul, former Prime Minister of India Atal Bihari Vajpayee and US Senator John McCain.

The Parliament also passed a unanimous resolution to express solidarity with Tibetan people inside Tibet who are suffering under repressive Chinese rule in Tibet.

Apart from the work reports of the various departments of the CTA, members of the Parliament will deliberate on the prevailing critical situation inside Tibet and other issues of concern within the Tibetan community in exile.

The legislators will also discuss and deliberate to review and initiate reforms in the Tibetan electoral process and appoint one of the two other Justice Commissioners of the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission before the ten-day parliamentary session concludes on Sep 28.

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