Berkley, California: Thirty-two Tibetans and Tibet supporters representing roughly 17 Tibet Groups from US, Canada and Mexico gathered in San Francisco Bay Area from October 12 – 14 to strengthen regional network through planning, capacity-building and training.
Over the three days of Americas Regional Meeting of Tibet Support Groups, participants deliberated over a range of challenges and opportunities to strengthen the Tibet freedom movement. The International Tibet Network (ITN) organised the meeting in close collaboration with the Tibetan Association of Northern California (TANC). The participants identified shared priorities and developed campaign plans with actionable items to enhance accountability and likelihood of implementation.
Tenzin Donzey, TSG Liaison Officer, Department of Information and International Relations, and Tenzin Palkyi, Government Relations Officer, Office of Tibet (OOT) attended the gathering and provided participants with information about CTA’s current priorities. Tenzin Donzey spoke about the Five-Fifty Vision of the CTA, the upcoming Geneva Forum 2018 on “Human Rights situation in regions under the PRC” that will be held on 2nd November, just before the Universal Periodic Review of China. Palkyi’s presentation focused on the OOT, Washington’s priorities and plan of action for the future.
The regional meeting also allowed for participants to interact with former political prisoner, Dhondup Wangchen and his wife, Lhamo Tso. International Tibet Network also presented Dhondup Wangchen with the 2018 Tenzin Delek Rinpoche Medal of Courage.
The participants developed campaign action plans on three current shared priorities: Free Tashi Wangchuk, the upcoming 60th Anniversary of 1959 March 10th Uprising, and lobbying the United States Senate on passing the Reciprocal Access to Tibet. In addition, the participants also developed action plans for three campaigns that Tibet Groups can prioritize in the future: Free Panchen Rinpoche campaign to coincide with his 30th birthday, protecting Tibet’s environment especially from mining, and discouraging multinational companies from apologizing to China due to fear of Chinese retaliation.
-Filed by TSG desk and Office of Tibet (OOT), DC