The Final Outcome of the 11th Session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament held from 14 – 25 March 2011


March 28, 2011 5:10 pm

The Final Outcome of the 11th Session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament held from 14 – 25 March 2011

[Monday, 28 March 2011, 10:15 a.m.]


 
The Eleventh session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile convened from 14 – 25 March 2011/Photo by Jigme Tsering/Tibetonline TV

In
his message to the 11th Session of the 14th Assembly of the Tibetan
People’s Deputies, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, presenting a letter
based on sound reason and Tibet’s history and reality, said “…
amendments to the Charter on this occasion must conform to the
framework of a democratic system in which the political leadership is
elected by the people for a specific term.” This message was read out
on the opening day of the Parliament session on 14 March 2011. The
Kashag made its statement on the second day on 15 March, following
which the whole day was devoted to intensive deliberation on His
Holiness’ message. On 16 March, the members of Parliament met
separately for a meeting and debated on the issue. On the basis of
these deliberations, the speaker and deputy speaker issued two draft
resolutions to the Parliament on 17 March. Accordingly, three
sub-committees of the members of Parliament were formed, which held
intensive deliberations.  An official draft resolution was finalized
based on the proposals, which were passed unanimously or by majority,
submitted by the three sub-committees in their recommendations. After
holding a whole day discussion on 18 March, the Assembly passed a
three-point resolution “strongly beseeching His Holiness the Dalai Lama
to continue to remain as both the spiritual and temporal leader of the
Tibetan people”. The resolution was presented to His Holiness through
his secretaries on 19 March. The office of His Holiness in its response
said “There is no change in His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s decision as
conveyed in detail in his earlier message. Therefore the resolution
could not be accepted and have been directed to send it back.” Accordingly,
a general meeting of the deputies was convened on the morning of 21
March and it was agreed to form a working committee. On 21 March, an
official resolution no. 15 was passed to formally constitute a working
committee comprising of members of the Kashag and Parliament. On 23
March, the working committee presented its recommendations and related
documents to the House. The deputies held intensive discussion on the
recommendations on 24 and 25 March. A resolution was passed.The members of the 14th Tibetan Parliament in Exile unanimously approved the following resolutions:1.
To implement His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s message to the Assembly of
Tibetan People’s Deputies to devolve his formal authority to an elected
leadership, the Speaker and Deputy Speaker will constitute a Charter
Redrafting Committee comprising of members of the Kashag and Parliament.2.
The Charter Redrafting Committee will prepare a report based on the
Action Plan proposed by Working Committee, the outcome of the
discussions during the current Parliament session, consultations with
legal experts and further developments. The committee is required to
submit its report to the Parliamentary Secretariat by 11 April 2011. 3.
Necessary changes will be made to the proposed amendments to the
Charter presented by Working Committee’s recommendations as per its
proposals in the foreword and Article 1 of the second annexure. In
order to obtain His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s assent to put the
amendments in the Charter, the Tibetan National General Meeting will be
held. The date and venue of the meeting will be decided by the Standing
Committee of the Tibetan Parliament. Participants to the meeting will
be same as in the earlier general meeting. 4. An additional
session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament will be convened to implement
the final recommendations of the second Tibetan national general
meeting.