Mexico City: The American Regional Meeting of Tibet Groups was held in Mexico, from 1 to 3 September, 2017, in the heart of Mexico City organised by International Tibet Network. There were 43 participants in total, collectively from the United States, Canada and Latin America namely Chile, Brazil and Mexico.
President of the Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay, arrived at Mexico City on 2 September. Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Latin America, Tsewang Phuntso and President of the Casa Tibet Mexico, Tony Karam along with the Airport Protocol Officers offered their warm welcome and greetings to President Sangay.
President of Central Tibetan Administration, Dr Lobsang Sangay delivered the keynote address on the final day of the meeting which was later followed by a Q&A session with the participants.
President Sangay in his key-note address, applauded the hard work and dedication of the Tibet supporters and said, “it was through hard work of many including the Tibet supporters that the Tibet issue is well recognised around the globe.”
He mentioned that even though Beijing enjoys good relations with governments across the globe, the people and media are, however, still skeptical about Beijing’s approach.
Keeping this in mind, he said that the Tibetans and Tibet supporters have the responsibility to make the Tibet issue relevant in the global context and to make it a referral point.
President Sangay spoke at length, informing the participants of the meeting, about the policy of the Central Tibetan Administration, in declaring the year 2017 as a ‘campaign year’ and 2018 as the ‘gratitude year’.
With this in mind, he requested the Tibet supporters to work towards strengthening Tibetan activism and campaigns around the globe. He also mentioned that the CTA would be ready to facilitate the Tibet supporters in whatever way it can, in this regard.
President Sangay also briefed the participants of the meeting about the Five Fifty policy of the Central Tibetan Administration and reminded the participants, about Beijing’s “One Belt and One Road” project, which is going to be a core policy of China in its foreign affairs, economic and trade relations, security and military build up in the coming years.
The meeting was organised by International Tibet Network, with the sole purpose being, to explore new campaigns and invite new audiences that will invigorate the Tibetan Movement, agreeing to steps of action for immediate priorities including and also to find motivation through unity and build capacity of the Tibet groups through networking, sharing and training.
Representative of Latin American countries, Tsewang Phuntso, spoke on the status of the Tibetan movement in the Latin American countries and on CTA’s priorities in those regions. Sonam Sangmo, TSG Liaison Officer of DIIR led a session reviewing the Action Plans which were adopted during the Seventh International TSG conference held in Brussels. She also emphasized on the need for active involvement of Tibet Groups in the CTA’s Year of Campaign – 2017.
Some of the keynote speakers of the meeting were Alan Cantos, who spoke on the universal jurisdiction in the case of Spanish Law suit and how it could be reciprocated in one’s own country, Professor Michael C. Davis, Professor of Law and International Affair of the University of Hong Kong and Jindal Global University spoke on parallels with Hong Kong and current context.
The two and half day meeting ended successfully with renewed spirits among the participants, spirit that is necessary in working for the Tibetan movement with more commitment and motivation.
-Report filed by Tibet Support Group Desk-