DHARAMSHALA: The Central Tibetan Administration today expressed its deep appreciation to Ms. Mary Beth Markey, who resigned from her position as International Campaign for Tibet’s president
after making a remarkable contribution to the political and human rights advocacy for the issue of Tibet in the international arena for over 25 years.
“Being both a personal and a friend of Tibet, I wish to express our gratitude to Ms. Markey for her outstanding contribution to the Tibetan cause. We are highly appreciative of her dedication and hope she will continue to be involved with the Tibetan issue. Her expertise and kind nature will be missed,” Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay said in his message.
In a message, the International Campaign for Tibet said: “Ms. Markey served as ICT Director of Government Relations (1996-2002), ICT Vice President for International Advocacy (2003-2010) and ICT President (July 6, 2010-May 31, 2013). Outstanding initiatives launched under her leadership include, in the area of advocacy, the Congressional Gold Medal for His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan Policy Act; in the area of policy analysis, ICT annual reports “Dangerous Crossings: Conditions Impacting the Flight of Tibetan Refugees” and “60 Years of Chinese Misrule: Arguing Cultural Genocide in Tibet;” in the area of funding, the ICT Partnership for the Sustainability of Tibetan Communities and a National Endowment for Democracy grant for election-monitoring in exile; and, in the area of organizational development, the expansion of ICT advocacy from Washington, Berlin and Amsterdam to new offices in Brussels and London and a partnership with the Australia Tibet Council.
“Ms. Markey’s strategic vision contributed to the institutionalization of the Tibet issue within the U.S. foreign policy framework. Legislation crafted in the Senate included the Voice of America Tibetan Broadcast Service, the Tibetan scholarship program, and the Special Envoy for Tibet, an initiative that would lead to a fully staffed office within the U.S. Department of State with a senior U.S. official serving as Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. Ms. Markey accompanied numerous U.S. Government delegations to Nepal and India for the purpose of monitoring U.S. programs and to meet with Tibetan leaders, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama. She personally received, on behalf of ICT, every Tibetan political prisoner whose release to the United States had been secured by the U.S. Government.
“Ms. Markey presented Tibetan issues to international forums, included the UN Human Rights Council, was a frequent commentator on international news programs, and received a Human Rights Press Award from the Foreign Correspondents’ Club in Hong Kong for her outstanding contribution toward greater awareness and appreciation of human rights issues,” the message noted.
Mr. Bhuchung K. Tsering, the current Vice President of Special Programs, has been named as Interim President while an intensive international search for a new President is conducted, the ICT said in the message. Born in Tibet, Mr. Tsering has worked at The International Campaign for Tibet since 1995. He previously held positions in the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India and the Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, it said.
(Correction: We have given attribution to ICT for its materials used in this report. It was inadvertently not done so in the earlier report. We regret the mistake.)