November 23, 2008
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Recommendations of the First Special General Meeting Convened Under Article 59 of the Charter

Private Office’s letter addressed jointly to the Speakers and the
members of the Kashag (Cabinet), dated 11 September 2008, stated, “In
order to hold an extensive discussion and debate with regard to the
Tibetan cause in the light of recent emergency events in Tibet and the
international scenario, His Holiness the Dalai Lama wishes to convene a
Special General Meeting around November or December of this year under
article 59 of the Charter. Timing and participants of the meeting
should be planned at the earliest by the Parliament and the Private
Office should be informed accordingly.” Since the Parliament
was in session at that time, the programme of the Special  General
Meeting was prepared jointly by the Parliament and Kashag and was
unanimously adopted after thorough discussions for His Holiness the
Dalai Lama’s approval. His Holiness approved the same.   Accordingly,
the first session of this historic first Special General Meeting was
inaugurated in Dharamsala on the twentieth day of the Ninth Month of
the Tibetan Royal Year of 2135, 17 November 2008.  Special invitees
were the Supreme Justice Commissioner and the other two Justice
Commissioners of the Supreme Justice Commission, Joint Chairman of the
Public Service Commission and Election Commission, Auditor General of
the Audit Commission, eight Kalons including Kalon Tripa, 41 members of
the Parliament; 18 former Kalons, 32 former members of Parliament, 66
Central Tibetan Administration staff, one Special Envoy and an Envoy of
His Holiness the Dalai Lama, 10 Representatives of His Holiness the
Dalai Lama stationed abroad, 78 representatives of the Local Assembly
of Tibetan settlements across India, Nepal and Bhutan and of the
general public where there is no local assembly, 60 representatives of
regional Freedom Movement Committee, 32 representatives of  Tibetan
Associations abroad, 20 representatives from various NGOs, 58
representatives of the heads of the Tibetan schools; 30 monk and nun
representatives from four schools of Tibetan Buddhism and Bon, 11
representatives from various autonomous institutions, and 48 volunteers
from India, Nepal, Bhutan and abroad who are involved in the Tibetan
cause. In total 560 participants from 19 different countries gathered
together at the Tibetan Children’s Village (TCV) Hall for the inaugural
session. The two Speakers and the Kalon Tripa led the
procession carrying the photograph of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to
the Hall amid religious chanting by the monks of the Namgyal Monastary,
followed by youths in ceremonial dresses of the three traditional
regions of Tibet. Thereafter, the Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts
sang the Tibetan national anthem, followed by one minute silence to pay
tribute to the memory of all those brave men and women, specially those
who have suffered and continue to suffer the brutal repression of the
Chinese Government after the widespread protest movement across three
regions of Tibet since 10 March this year.  The Speaker, Mr.
Karma Chophel, gave the inaugural address to the first Special General
Meeting. After Kalon Tripa, Prof Samdhong Rinpoche Lobsang Tenzin’s
address, all the participants were divided into 15 sub-committees and
held extensive discussions for three and half days at Gangchen
Kyishong, the seat of Central Tibetan Administration on the specific
agenda of “the Tibetan cause in the light of recent emergency events in
Tibet and international scenario”. Apart from these discussions,
opinions were also received from Tibet, Tibetan settlements,
organisations, educational centres and individuals.  On 21
November, once again participants gathered at the TCV Hall and the
Chairman of each sub-committee presented his report of the result of
each discussion group. On 22 November 2008, at eight in the morning,
all the Chairmen of sub-committees and members the organising committee
of the Special General Meeting of the Parliament’s Standing Committee
met to prepare the summary of recommendations of the 15 groups. By 1:30
in the afternoon, the final recommendations, which follow, were adopted
after presentation to the plenary body.  With regard to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual and temporal leader of the Tibetan people: 1.     
His Holiness the Dalai Lama was unanimously enthroned by the people and
deities of Tibet as the spiritual and temporal leader of Tibet. This
was welcomed by Tibet’s neighbours, including China which is a clear
indication of His Holiness being the undisputed spiritual and temporal
leader of the Tibetan people. This also means that the Central Tibetan
Administration is the sole and legitimate representative of the
Tibetans in and outside Tibet, which the CTA has inherited from many
centuries. This historical experience of the Tibetan people proves the
baselessness of the recent rhetoric and propaganda of the Chinese
government, which says that His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central
Tibetan Administration have no right to represent Tibet and the Tibetan
people. The Tibetans in and outside Tibet strongly oppose such remarks. 2.     
We strongly urge His Holiness the Dalai Lama through this Special
General Meeting with the deepest respect, to continue to shoulder the
responsibility of the spiritual and temporal leadership of the Tibetan
struggle at this crucial period by not stating even a word of
semi-retirement and retirement. As the pledge of successive
reincarnations of the Dalai Lama, there is none other than His Holiness
to continue to protect the people of snow-land, Tibet.  3.     
Through this Special General Meeting, we strongly urge the Chinese
Government to immediately stop the baseless and unimaginable
accusations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama. This has made an
incurable wound in the hearts and minds of the Tibetan people in and
outside Tibet, particularly in all the followers of the Tibetan
Buddhism, including the Chinese Buddhists and in the
justice-and-truth-loving people all over the world. This has also
contributed to ethnic tension between Tibetans and Chinese thus
damaging the long-term interests of unity and co-operation amongst the
nationalities. With regard to the policy and stance of the CTA: 1.      
Based on the suggestions received to this Special General Meeting from
in and outside Tibet and after frank and candid discussions held by the
delegates in regard to the future policy of Tibet, it came to unanimous
decision to straightly follow the guidance of His Holiness the Dalai
Lama based on the prevailing situation from time to time. Majority
decision to continue the policy of Middle-Way-Approach. Besides that,
looking at the Chinese Government’s behavior in the past, views to stop
sending envoys and to pursue complete independence or
self-determination if no result comes out in the near future were also
strongly expressed.   2.       The Middle-Way-Approach,
independence or self-determination, whatever is pursued in the Tibetan
struggle, we shall not deviate from the path of non-violence to achieve
our aims.  With regard to the Government of the PRC and Chinese people: 1.        
His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Central Tibetan Administration in
an effort to resolve the Sino-Tibetan problem, by adopting the
Middle-Way-Approach, a memorandum on genuine autonomy for the Tibetan
people, within the framework the constitution of the PRC, was recently
presented to the Chinese Government. Leave alone giving positive
response, the PRC Government rejected every single clause of the
memorandum and accused the CTA of seeking independence,
semi-independence or independence in disguised form. Therefore, the
dialogue process did not produce any substantive result to the
Sino-Tibetan problem and the whole responsibility of this failure is
solely with the PRC government. 2.         The cause for the
recent widespread demonstrations in the Tibet is the outburst of long
pent-up dissatisfaction and suffering of Tibetans. The reasons for this
outburst are due to harsh and severe policies adopted towards Tibet and
Tibetans for all these years since China’s occupation of Tibet. The
reasons for the continuing Tibetan protests stem from the systematic
plundering of Tibet’s natural resources, the annihilation of Tibetan
tradition and custom, specifically forcing Tibetans in the so-called
patriotic education, a campaign which forces Tibetans to vilify His
Holiness. The Tibetan protests continue because of the policy of
large-scale population transfer of Chinese into Tibet, which further
undermines the already-worsened state of Tibetan religion and culture
and causes the destruction of Tibet’s ecology. The protests also took
place because of violations of all fundamental human rights.  3.           
Because PRC had alleged that they have evidences to prove that recent
unrest in Tibet have been ‘triggered, instigated, planned and
orchestrated’ by the ‘Dalai clique’, His Holiness the Dalai Lama and
the Central Tibetan Administration insisted that an international
investigating body be allowed to travel to Tibet to verify the PRC’s
claims. And that delegates from China can also visit Dharamsala to
investigate and validate their allegation. However, the PRC did not
have the gumption to accept both these suggestions. Moreover, PRC could
not even bring forth one single evidences in support of their claims
before the world audience. This has clearly pointed to the fact that
demonstrations and protests in Tibet since March this year are because
of repressive policies adopted by PRC towards Tibet and Tibetans since
its occupation. Therefore, the PRC government should accept
responsibilities for their mistakes. 4.         This is to
reiterate, through this Special General Meeting, that the cause of
Tibetan struggle is a struggle for the rights of Tibetans. It is a
struggle against the wrong policies of PRC towards the Tibet and
Tibetans. The Tibetan struggle is in no way to wage against Chinese
people, as it is being portrayed by the PRC.  5.         In
order to destroy Tibetan Buddhism, the PRC instituted new regulations
on measures for the recognition of incarnate lamas or ‘Living Buddhas’.
We totally oppose any interference by a government which is avowedly
atheist to interfere in spiritual affairs for political advantage. We
strongly oppose the ‘Patriotic Education’ campaign that is being
increasingly forced down in various monasteries in Tibet.  With regard to improving and enhancing institution and project works: A
‘Report’ will be complied shortly by the Secretariat of the Parliament
on suggestions and feedbacks received from Tibetans inside and outside
Tibet, as well as recommendations of respective groups, in carrying out
administrative tasks, tasks related to education, information
broadcasting, health, and finance. This Report will be distributed to
concerned departments for their information and action.  Gratitude and appreciation for all the supporters for the Tibet Cause: This
is to sincerely thank, through this Special General Meeting, all Tibet
Support Groups all over the world, Governments, general public,
Parliaments, other international organizations, and specifically the
people and Government of India, for all their consistent support for
and solidarity with cause of Tibet and Tibetans during all these
years.     On behalf of all the participants of the first Special General Meeting Twenty-fifth Day of the Ninth Month of the Tibetan Royal Year of 213522 November 2008 Mr. Karma Chophel, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile    Mrs. Dolma Gyari, Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile  N.B. Translated from the Tibetan originalPlease consider the Tibetan as authentic and authoritative.

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