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An Open Letter to Sikyong Lobsang Sangay to Recognize the Tibetan National Congress

posted Sep 3, 2015, 5:45 PM by The Tibetan Political Review   [ updated Sep 3, 2015, 5:52 PM ]

September 2, 2015

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay
The Kashag
Central Tibetan Administration
Dharamsala, India

Dear Sikyong Sangayla:

I write on behalf of the Tibetan National Congress (TNC), a democratic, non- sectarian, non-regional, pan-Tibetan political party formed in March 2012 with members in India, Europe, and North America.  Since its founding, TNC has contributed to the Tibetan cause, for example taking the lead in the campaign to move the Nobel Summit from Cape Town to Rome so His Holiness the Dalai Lama could attend.  At the direction of the Tibetan Election Commission (EC), we respectfully request that the Kashag include TNC in the list of officially-recognized Tibetan organizations.

As you are aware, the new rules issued by the EC provide that Tibetan organizations now have different speech rights depending on whether or not they are officially "recognized."  Only officially-recognized organizations now have an unrestricted right to free speech and free spending in Tibetan elections.  TNC currently lacks this recognition.  The EC has informed us that the Kashag is the body with the power to recognize organizations.

In your statement today on Tibetan Democracy Day, you declared, "Our resolve for democracy should be a clear message of our democratic spirit of free will to [the] international community and China.  Our brethren[] in Tibet will doubtlessly derive strength from the robust participation and decisive outcome."  We heartily agree.  In this spirit, we are confident that you and your Kashag will have no reservations with granting prompt recognition to TNC.

TNC looks forward to receiving its full rights to participate in the Tibetan democracy, and to joining the ranks of recognized organizations, such as NDPT, for example, a group which has the honor of supporting you as one of its Sikyong candidates.  If you would like any additional information about our organization, please do not hesitate to contact us.

However, if for some reason your Kashag decides not to recognize TNC, we request: (i) the specific reasons and criteria used to make this decision, and (ii) details on how the variety of currently-recognized organizations were approved (ranging from regional tsokpas, NGOs, and the aforementioned NDPT).

Given the fast-approaching election dates, we respectfully ask that you please inform us of your decision within two weeks.  Thank you in advance for your assistance, and please accept our Tashi Delek greetings on this auspicious Tibetan Democracy Day.

Yours sincerely,

Jigme Ugen
President, Tibetan National Congress 

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