The Department of Information and International Relations is one of the seven main departments under Kashag. It has its origin in Chisee Khang (the Foreign Relations Office), which was re-established in exile in 1959, after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. In March 1969, the international relations section of Chisee Khang was placed under the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi. However, with the overwhelming demand for Information on Tibet by the International community as well as Tibetans; in understanding political, human rights and environmental consciousness, the Department had started publishing Tibetan Bulletin. Thus, in 1971, the information section was expanded with the inclusion of Sheja Publication and renamed as Information and Publicity Office. On 4 April 1988, the Office was further expanded and the international relations section of the Bureau in Delhi was made a part of it again. It was thus that the Office came to be renamed the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR).

Introduction
About

International affairs and information of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) are handled by the Department of Information and International Relations. The Department has its origin in Chisee Khang (the Foreign Relations Office), which was re-established in exile in 1959, after the Chinese occupation of Tibet. In March 1969, the international relations section of Chisee Khang was placed under the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in New Delhi.

However, soon the Tibetan Administration was faced with a growing demand from the international community for information on Tibet. The Administration also felt the need to instill political, human rights and environmental consciousness among the Tibetans. Thus, in 1971, the information section was expanded with the inclusion of Sheja Publication and renamed Information and Publicity Office. On 4 April 1988, the Office was further expanded and the international relations section of the Bureau in Delhi was made a part of it again. It was thus that the Office came to be renamed the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR).

The Department educates the Tibetans and international public opinion on the political, human rights and environmental conditions in Tibet. Towards this end, it publishes both print and video materials on Tibet. The periodicals come out in three languages: Tibetan, English and Chinese.The DIIR serves as a protocol office of the CTA and liaises with the international media and Tibet Support Groups throughout the world.

Under the DIIR are the CTA’s foreign missions in 11 countries. They function as the official agencies of the CTA and are based in New Delhi, Kathmandu, Geneva, New York, Tokyo, London, Moscow, Brussels, Canberra, Pretoria and Taipei.

The Narthang Press and Tibetan Computer Resource Centre (TCRC) also fall under the direct supervision of the DIIR. While the Narthang Press handles the printing responsibilities of the CTA, the TCRC provides computer and Internet services to all the departments of the Tibetan administration.

Former Kalons And Secretaries

Former Kalons

NAME DURATION
Neshar Thupten Tharpa 1959- 1969
Juchen Thupten Namgyal May 1976 – December 1982
Tethong Tenzin Gayche March 1983 – January 1985
Tashi Wangdi January 1985 – November 1988
Gyari Lodi Gyaltsen November 1988 – May 1990
Tethong Tenzin Namgyal May 1990 – July 1991
Tashi Wangdi August 1991 – August 1994
Tethong Tenzin Namgyal August 1994 – April 1995
Tashi Wangdi November 1995 – April 1997
Tethong Tsewang Choegyal April 1997 – September 2001
Prof. Samdhong Lobsang Tenzin September 2001 – March 2005
Zayul Lobsang Nyandak March 2005 – August 14, 2006
Prof. Samdhong Lobsang Tenzin August 15, 2006 – October 4, 2006
Tempa Tsering October 5, 2006 – November 27, 2007
Takla Kesang Yangkyi November 28, 2007 – August 8, 2011
Dicki Chhoyang September 21, 2011 – present

FORMER SECRETARIES

NAME DURATION
Narkyi Ngawang Dhondup September 1960 – October 1968
Dompo Ngawang Rigdrol October 1968 – March 1969
Tethong Tenzin Geyche March 1971 – 1972
Sonam Topgyal 1973 – November 1976
Tekhang Namgyal Dorjee November 1976 – November 1979
Sonam Topgyal 1980 – October 1991
Tempa Tsering October 1991 – September 1999
Thubten Samphel January 1999 – February 2012
Tashi March 2012 – January 2013
Tashi Phuntsok February 2012 – Present

FORMER SECRETARIES FOR INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS

NAME DURATIONS
Takla Kesang Yangkyi March 2000 – December 2001
Sonam Norbu Dagpo November 2004 – October 24, 2009
Tenzin Phuntsok Atisha October 25, 2009 – April 2014
Tashi Phuntsok February 08, 2013 – July 2014
Ngodup Dorjee 2013 – 2014
Sonam Norbu Dagpo July 2014 – Present
Contact

Contact DIIR

Kalon for Information and International Relations
E-mail: diirkalon(at)gov.tibet.net or diir-pa(at)gov.tibet.net

Information Division

Secretary for Information
E-mail: diirsec@tibet.net or diir-pa(at)tibet.net

International Relations Division

Secretary for International Relations
E-mail: diirsec2@tibet.net or diir-pa(at)tibet.net

Administrative Section

Incharge, Administrative Section
E-mail: administration@tibet.net or diir-pa(at)tibet.net

Mail:

Department of Information & International Relations
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamshala – 176215 H.P., INDIA

Tel: +91 (01892) 222457 / 222510
Fax: +91 (01892) 224957
E-mail: diir(at)tibet.net

Branch Sections

Manager
Tibetan Computer Resource Centre (TCRC)
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamshala – 176215 H.P., INDIA
Tel: +91 (01892) 228074 / 222985
Fax: +91 (01892) 224957
E-mail: tcrc(at)tibet.net

Manager
Narthang Press
Narthang Building
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamshala – 176215 H.P., India
Tel: +91 (01892) 222457 / 222510
Fax: +91 (01892) 224957
E-mail: diir(at)tibet.net

Programs
Information Division

The Information Division of the DIIR primarily works towards disseminating information about the political, human rights and environmental conditions in Tibet to Tibetans and the world community at large, and to keep the Tibetan issue alive. Under this Division there are four sections:Print Media and Website: The section has further three sub-sections:

Tibetan Sheja: A monthly journal in Tibetan, first published in 1968, it aims to educate Tibetans about Tibet and the activities of the CTA. The readers are mostly concentrated in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Switzerland, the United States and Canada.

Tibetan Freedom: Tibetan Freedom is the first Tibetan official newspaper published in exile. Now published weekly, it features news items on Tibet and the activities of the CTA. Like Sheja, its main readers are Tibetan-speaking people.

English Tibetan Bulletin: First published in 1967, Tibetan Bulletin is a bimonthly news magazine with sections on Tibet, international and CTA news. It aims to bring out information on His Holiness the Dalai Lama, CTA, Tibet Support Groups and Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet.

Web Site TibetNet, the official website of the CTA, located at http://www.tibet.net, is a trilingual website in Tibetan, English and Chinese languages. A specially developed “dynamic font” for Tibetan script makes it possible for Web surfers from anywhere to download the pages in Tibetan automatically. The site acts as a window to the departments and offices of the CTA, Tibetan settlements, schools and institutes.

Audio Visual Section The Section is further divided into Video, Museum and Web TV segments.

Audio Visual  The Audio Visual Section of the CTA produces video materials on Tibet, teachings of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, activities and policies of the CTA and works to preserve and promote the traditional Tibetan culture and tradition. The section also covers and does live broadcast of the parliamentary sessions of the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile. DVDs are made of such parliamentary proceedings that are subsequently distributed free of cost to all the Tibetan settlements, schools, monasteries, and Tibetan organizations scattered all over the India.

The CTA’s WebTV was launched in August 2006 to cover and to broadcast news, teachings, cultural programs, education on democracy and activities of the CTA. The web TV can be watched by logging on to www.tibetonline.tv and also through a local TV Channel (Bhagsu Cable) that was launched in Dharamsala on 4 November 2009.


Tibet Museum The Tibet Museum was established in 1998 to serve as a remembrance of the loss of Tibetan culture and lives; to collect photographs and life histories of Tibetans; to present the hopes and aspirations of the Tibetan people.  The Museum aims to:

  • Present Tibet’s modern history, with an emphasis on the period of Chinese occupation, by establishing the “Tibet Museum”, housing permanent and temporary special exhibitions, lectures, special events, and by the development of travelling museum kit, exhibitions and educational activities;
  • Strengthen the Tibetan spirit and collective pride through its presentations and publications on Tibet’s rich history and culture, the struggle for Tibet and hopes for its future;
  •  Collect and archive documents, photographs, objects and first hand accounts relating to Tibet and Tibetan issues

For information on the current activities of the Tibet Museum,
click here: http://www.thetibetmuseum.org

Translation and Publication Section This Section translates relevant materials between English and Tibetan for all DIIR publications. It produces books, booklets and pamphlets in Tibetan, English and Hindi on various aspects of the Tibetan issue.

Media Coordinator Section Among the duties of this Section are:

  • To receive and help international and national (India) media personnel in gathering information on Tibetans and Tibet;
  • To supply reference materials like books, video footage and still photographs to media personnel and writers;
  • To arrange interviews between them and Tibetans who can speak on the subject of the researcher’s choice;
  • To serve as interpreters for interviews as requested;
  • To arrange audiences with His Holiness the Dalai Lama for media persons;
  • To issue press releases.
International Relations Division

To promote the Tibetan cause, the International Relations Division of the DIIR aims to establish contact with governments, International Tibet Support Groups, associations of students, international non-governmental organisations, parliaments and members of parliaments, politicians, Chinese democracy activists, and the UN. Through these international bodies, the Department strives to forge a positive change in the China’s Tibet policy, and to induce China to resolve the Tibet issue through dialogue and negotiation. This Division has two sections:

International Relations Section This section has five sub-sections:

  • Offices of Tibet Under the International Relations, there are representative offices in 10 countries. These offices act as de facto embassies of the CTA and are based in New Delhi, India; New York, USA; Geneva, Switzerland; Tokyo, Japan; London, UK; Canberra, Australia; Paris, France; Moscow, Russia; Pretoria, South Africa; and Taipei, Taiwan. They spearhead the CTA’s international relations and UN initiatives. They establish contacts with governments, parliamentarians, Tibet Support Groups, non-governmental organisations and human rights groups and keep them posted on recent developments in Tibet. They also help to coordinate the exchange of information between individuals and organisations working for the welfare of the Tibetan people. 
For contact addresses of the Offices of Tibet,
 click here: Offices of Tibet 

  • Tibet Support Groups Desk The main functions of the TSG Desk are to:
-Inform TSGs about the policies and initiatives of the CTA;-Inform TSGs about Tibet and the Tibetan communities in exile;-Interact with members of TSGs, and coordinate their programme during their visit to Dharamshala;-Act as an observer to the ITN Steering Committee;-Facilitate international conferences of TSGs;-Keep records of campaigns and activities of TSGs, and present annual reports on the state of the worldwide Tibet movement.

For information on worldwide Tibet movement, click here: Global Tibet Movement

  • Environment and Development Desk Established in March 1990, this Desk was earlier known as Environment Desk. In addition to monitoring and reporting environmental situation inside Tibet, it used to be active in environmental education projects in Tibetan communities in exile. Over the years, EDD has begun to focus more on environment and development issues inside Tibet. 
EDD’s sphere of activities are mainly focused on Tibet, and its chief goals are:
-To monitor and research on environment and development issues inside Tibet;-To disseminate information and carry out selective advocacy on promoting sustainable development inside Tibet;-To create awareness on environmental issues in the exiled Tibetan community.

For information on Tibet’s environment and development issues,
 click here: Environment and Development

  • China Desk Established in 1994, Chinese Desk’s main aim is to outreach the Chinese people outside China. It strives to:
-Establish contacts with the Chinese people outside China, and hold meetings and discussions with them on issues related with Tibet;-Disseminate Tibet related information to the Chinese people;-Update and maintain official website in Chinese language: www.xizang-zhiye.org. The website provides current news and general information on Tibet and Tibetan community in exile.-Translate and publish books and other materials into Chinese language;-Publish a bimonthly journal in Chinese, Tibet Bulletin (Xi Zang Tong Xun), featuring Tibet related news and information. This journal is also available online at www.xizang-zhiye.org
  • UN, EU and Human Rights Desk The main activities of this Desk are: 
-Monitoring and reporting human rights situation in Tibet;-To provide information and materials related to human rights in Tibet to the UN and related organisations, rights groups, governments, parliaments and individuals.
  • Protocol Section This Section is assigned to extend official reception to the official guests visiting Dharamshala. It is responsible for making necessary arrangements for their visit. It coordinates the visitors program, accompany them on local visits to Tibetan institutes, and arrange meetings with Tibetan officials and individuals in Dharamshala. It aims to make their visit educative and informative on various aspects of Tibet: religious, cultural and political. The visitors may include diplomats, government officials, parliamentarians, Tibet and China watchers, members of human rights groups and NGOs, researchers on Tibet related subjects, and individuals interested in Tibet and the Tibetan people.
Branch Sections

The Branch Sections placed under the DIIR are:

  • Tibetan Computer Resource Centre (TCRC) The Centre’s mission is to harness information technology to provide a medium of communication between the CTA and the Tibetan communities and rest of the world. TCRC initially (founded as the Common Publishing Centre) aimed to impart basic computer knowledge and desktop publishing skills to Tibetan youth. It was the first in Dharamsala with Internet facilities (1993). It manages the CTA’s network it built in 1997, and now, also oversees the introduction of Internet in the Tibetan settlements in exile.
  • Narthang Press Initially the Narthang Press was meant to publish the monthly Tibetan news bulletin, Sheja. However, over the years, it has expanded and today it prints, in addition to Sheja, Tibetan Freedom, Tibetan Bulletin (both English and Chinese) and all other publications of the DIIR and other departments and offices of the CTA.
Announcements
Kalon's Message

Our Department was established in 1972 and was then known as the Department of Information.   Today, it is composed of 16 sections and a staff of 80.  In addition to the Dharamshala-based staff, our team also includes the various Offices of Tibet throughout the world.

The scope of the Department’s mandate is broad as you will observe through reading about our various initiatives.  Essentially, we are responsible for all communications from or concerning the Central Tibetan Administration, through various medium, in addition to international relations.  The latter focuses on relations with governments, civil society, media, as well as the Tibetan diaspora.

While any undertaking is a work-in-progress where there is always room for improvement, I wish to take this opportunity to acknowledge the individual efforts of our departmental staff both in and outside India.  With very limited resources and modest work conditions, their daily work and dedication enable the Central Tibetan Administration to not only contribute towards informing the general public about the Tibetan issue, but more significantly, counterbalance, to whatever degree possible, the news blackout, disinformation and propaganda efforts from the People’s Republic of China about the situation inside Tibet.  Their hard work is truly in keeping with the Tibetan spirit of perseverance and determination.

Bod Gyalo!

Dicki Chhoyang,
Kalon for Department of Information and International Relations
December 9th, 2011