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.