16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Concludes its Second Session

Hon’ble Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel delivering closing remarks during the conclusion of the second session of the 16th TPiE.


DHARAMSHALA: Hon’ble Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the 16th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, concluded the second session of the 16th Tibetan Parliament today.

Delivering the closing remarks of the session, he gave a brief summary of the overall proceedings and the issues that were discussed during the nine-day session. He expressed contentment over the successful deliberation of the annual reports of the seven department under the Kashag and lauded the members of the parliament for their active participation. However, he stressed that members of the parliament should heed the decorum to be maintained during parliamentary proceedings and emphasized the need to avoid unnecessary remarks in future sessions.

He also pondered on the resolutions passed during the previous Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile and the Kashag regarding engaging in more campaigns based on non-violence, legality and dignity to fulfill the aspirations of the Tibetans. However, he noted that these activities and campaigns should comply with three factors namely the situation inside Tibet, the political scenario in China and the international community at large.

Focusing on the Tibet’s rich culture and language, Speaker feels optimistic about the efforts put forward by the Tibetans abroad in nurturing their children to preserve and promote the Tibetan rich linguistic heritage.

He also condemned China’s political agenda to defame His Holiness the Dalai Lama through various ‘Anti-Dalai Lama’ campaigns and urged the Central Tibetan Administration headed by the Kashag to educate the protesters who have been brainwashed. He further applauded the recent successful assessment tours undertaken by the members of the parliament for over two months, and reassured the Tibetan parliament’s plan to continue the efforts in addressing the public grievances.