Dharamsala: The 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile convened its 6th session today, pledging to exert fervent efforts to alleviate the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet and to peacefully resolve the Tibetan issue.
In his opening remarks, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Khenpo Sonam Tenphel expressed grave concerns at deteriorating situation of human rights inside Tibet. He also condemned China’s blatant violation of religious freedom and practice in the Tibetan Buddhist community.
Speaker mentioned the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) annual report on the state of religious freedom in selected countries including China. The commission had expressed particular concerns over the decline in conditions for freedom of religion or belief and related human rights in China under Xi Jinping.
“The Tibetan parliament is also greatly concerned about Tibet’s fragile ecosystem and China’s flawed environmental policy. China’s incessant and flagrant exploitation of Tibetan environment, resources and waters not only undermines Tibet’s ecosystem, it could also contribute to an unrestoreable environmental crisis and climate change across Asia in the foreseeable future,” he said.
Speaker further paid rich tributes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his immeasurable contribution towards the good of humanity and the Tibetan freedom struggle. The parliament reaffirmed its commitment to follow and fulfil the noble wishes of the revered leader.
He urged the members of the parliament to respect the formalities of parliament proceedings and participate in a healthy discussion with the interest of six million Tibetans in heart. “The members are also advised to uphold Tibetan values and conduct oneself as a true representative of six million Tibetans.”
The inaugural session of the parliament unanimously proposed three official resolutions of mourning to condole the demise of former Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament Drashi Gyapon Kelsang Dadul; former Indian PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and US Senator John McCain. It also proposed an official resolution of solidarity with the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet.
The ten-day session will conclude on 28 September.