Tibetan Parliament’s Deputy Speaker attends IPAC Prague Summit 2023

Deputy Speaker Dolma Tsering Teykhang with legislators from 30 countries at the IPAC Prague Summit 2023. Image: TPiE.

DHARAMSALA, 7 Sept: The Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Dolma Tsering Teykhang, attended the third Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC) Prague Summit 2023, which occurred from September 1st to 2nd at the Czech Chamber of Deputies and Senate buildings in Prague, Czech Republic. According to a report on Tibet.net, the official webpage of the Central Tibetan Administration, this summit convened 50 legislators from 30 countries. Notably, three new countries, the Philippines, Kenya, and Paraguay, became part of the IPAC network during the summit.

According to the report, the summit’s discussions focused on key themes related to China, including Taiwan, renewable energy, transnational repression, Hong Kong, the Belt and Road Initiative, and human rights. During her address at the summit, Deputy Speaker Teykhang emphasized the significance of comprehending Tibet’s history and underscored the threat posed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to global democracy and stability.

She also highlighted the Tibetan plateau’s importance in addressing climate change and called for scientific research under the United Nations to examine its impact. Deputy Speaker Teykhang urged international cooperation in encouraging the CCP to become a responsible global stakeholder.

Furthermore, she engaged with members of the Czech Parliamentary Tibet Interest Group and Tibetan support groups during the summit to discuss Tibet’s recent developments and express gratitude for their support.

After a successful summit participation where she advocated for Tibet and global issues on an international platform, she returned to Dharamshala on 5th September.

The IPAC is made up of legislators from the European Union, the UK, the US, Canada and several other nations. The IPAC has been created to promote a coordinated response between democratic states to challenges posed by the present conduct and future ambitions of the People’s Republic of China. It is led by a group of co-chairs, who are senior politicians drawn from a representative cross-section of the world’s major political parties. 

The third IPAC Annual Summit was hosted by Czech co-chairs Rep. Eva Decroix and Sen. Pavel Fischer. The gathering was inaugurated with an address by Czech Foreign Minister Jan Lipavsky, who highlighted the relationship between Czech’s first President, Vaclav Havel, and the Tibetan spiritual leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama. 

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