January 1, 2013
We are writing this to bid farewell to Year 2012 and welcome 2013. As you all know, 2012 has been extremely painful year with more than 50 of 95 brave men and women who have self immolated for the cause of Tibet and for our better future. We will never ever be able pay back for their sacrifice but their names will be written in golden letter and they remain in the heart of every single Tibetan people.
It has been little over a year since His Holiness devolved his political responsibilities to an elected leadership. We trying our best to live up to His expectation and hopefully we have not disappointed Him so far.
The year also saw numerous governments including the United States and Canada strongly urged the Chinese leadership to engage in substantive and meaningful dialogue with the Dalai Lama or his representatives in working toward a peaceful resolution of outstanding issues that is acceptable to both sides”. However, sadly, the Chinese leadership still seems to be bent on using its same old tactic of intimidation, arbitrary arrest, summary trial and imprisonment without proper trial of any assertion of Tibetan identity. Tibet is like a fortress and an under undeclared emergency situation when the rest of Chinese people are enjoying relative freedom.
It is very difficult to predict how the situation in Tibet will unfold and for that matter in China under the new leadership. We need to be conscious of the situation and prepare ourselves to face such challenges.
As such we want to urge respective Associations to adopt two prong action plans:
Your two Chithues are working with Kungo Dhonchoe on:
Lastly Wish you all a Very Happy New Year 2013 and let us all rededicate ourselves to work together more vigorously than ever before to fulfill the unfinished task of brave men and women who gave up their life for the cause.
Chithue Norbu Tsering & Chithue Tashi Namgyal
In the United States, the Tibetan Americans are in the state of California, Colorado, Connecticut, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Massachussets, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, D.C, Washington state and Wisconsin.
In Canada, Canadian Tibetans are located in the provinces of Alberta, British Columbia, Quebec, and Ontario.