Dharamsala : Eleven membered delegation from Kachin, the northernmost state of Myanmar, led by Mr. Gum Sha Aung, visited the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.
Upon their arrival at the Tibetan Parliament, they were taken for a guided tour to the parliamentary hall and introduced to the composition of the Tibetan parliament, its two session and its functions.
Thereafter, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel greeted and welcomed them to the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile at the Conference room cum Library of the Parliament Secretariat. He elucidated the delegation on the obliteration of Tibetan culture and language as well as destruction of monasteries along with the holy scriptures of Buddhist teachings inside Tibet since 1959 for almost 60 years now. He then informed them of the generosity of the Indian government and the efforts and perseverance of His Holiness the Dalai Lama as well as those 80,000 Tibetans who had fled along with him into exile, that numerous Tibetan monasteries, schools and settlements had been set-up, reviving and preserving the culture and tradition which is being destroyed inside Tibet relentlessly. He added that even Tibetan Buddhism is garnering lots of attention on the global platform. He also informed them of the significance of Tibet environmentally, whose destruction can have detrimental ecological effect in various countries of Asia. Citing the 152 self-immolations inside Tibet, the Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile stated that Tibet is not just a political issue but also an issue of basic human rights.
The member of the delegation and the Speaker later engaged in an interactive question-answer session regarding the functions and roles of the various bodies of Central Tibetan Administration, viz., Legislative, Executive and Judiciary . The delegation later presented a memento and a group song as a token of their appreciation.
– Report filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat –