Dharamshala: Chaired by the Speaker Mr Pema Jungney, the fourth day of the 10th session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile convened with the continuation of the debate on the official solidarity motion on the critical situations inside Tibet from the previous session.
15 Parliamentarians deliberated on the amendment bill to the official solidarity motion tabled by Parliamentarian Mr Dorjee Tseten, and supported by Parliamentarian Ms Tsering Youdon. The proposed amendment, however, failed to receive the required votes for approval.
After due deliberation, the official solidarity motion on the critical situations inside Tibet was passed unanimously with the addition of two points and some minor changes.
The session continued with clarification by Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, Kalon of the Department of Information and International Relations against the questions raised on the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI) from the previous session.
Similarly, the proposed 2021-2022 budget of the Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama; Indo Tibet Coordination Office (ITCO), Delhi; Office of Tibet, Washington DC; Tibetan Community Development Fund (TCDF); Tibet Bureau, Geneva; the Office of Tibet, London; the Tibet House Trust, London; Tibet Information Office, Canberra; Tibetan Cultural Centre Limited, Australia and Liaison Office of H.H. the Dalai Lama, Tokyo were sanctioned after the required discussion.
Kalon Karma Yeshi, Department of Finance (DOF) and Sikyong Dr Lobsang Sangay, Kalon of the Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) delivered the relevant clarifications to additional questions raised. Touching upon how political campaigns impact the larger Tibetan movement, Sikyong advised Tibetan individuals and organizations to steadfastly adopt nonviolent and peaceful ways in their approach and cautioned Tibetans to be ever vigilant of Chinese cyber-espionage.
Parliamentarians lauded the work of the Office of Tibet, DC; Tibet Bureau, Geneva and other Offices of Tibet. The house raised other important issues such as the danger posed by the Chinese Confucius institutes springing up across the world and extended their appreciation to the Student of Free Tibet (SFT), Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), Tibetan community of the US, and others for their invaluable contribution in closing down more than 50 Chinese Confucius Institutes in the US.
Some queries were made with regard to the working of the Chinese Liaison Officer, Greenbook, Middle Way workshop, etc.
The session adjourned till Friday morning.
- filed by Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat