By Tibetan Youth Congress
June 7, 2011
One of the highest, most commendable achievements of the Tibetan people during the last 52 years in exile has been our ability, despite extreme challenges and pressures over the years to safeguard and retain the name of Tibetan Government-in-Exile and the symbol of Tibetan independence.
Recently during the Second Tibetan National General Meeting, a significant majority of the subcommittees voted against changing the Tibetan name of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile and a unanimous decision was reached during the final outcome of the meeting, which supported this motion of maintaining the original name. However, during the three-day special session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, the members went against the overwhelming voice and decision of the people and replaced the name of Tibetan Government-in-Exile in the Tibetan Charter by “Institution/Organisation of the Tibetan People”.
At the time, due to the critical nature of the situation, the Tibetan Youth Congress had issued a rejoinder and submitted appeal letters specifically requesting that the parliament should not make hasty decisions and that it should postpone this discussion for the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile to resolve. It also made explicit that such significant changes require extended time, contribution and deliberations from international legal experts and scholars and seek their opinions and guidelines. The Tibetan Youth Congress remains highly apprehensive that within such a short period of time such fundamental and critical changes were made, and even more so viewing the proceedings of the parliament-in-exile which was conducted haphazardly.
Regardless of all these changes, it is an undeniable fact that the Tibetan nation belongs to the Tibetan people. We should not be discouraged and should be capable of drawing a line between our enemy and our friends and remain unified to achieve our principal goal. Despite the fact that it is sorely disappointed, TYC considers that the most important thing is to keep alive and sustain, the unity and hope of the Tibetan people. It will therefore respect and continue to recognize and retain the name of Tibetan Government-in-Exile. It would also like to clearly emphasize that without violating the principles and processes of democracy, it would shoulder the responsibilities and duties and offer collective efforts to ensure Tibetan unity. TYC would like to urge the Tibetan people all over the world to have the confidence and pride in our government and stand united.
Moreover, the true aspiration of the Tibetan people, and to safeguard the truthful cause of Tibet and to restore independence of Tibet, it is extremely important that we preserve our centuries-old historical legacy of the existence of the Tibetan government, the title and its symbol. Therefore, TYC with the firm conviction and pride of being able to restore Tibetan independence will hold in our safekeeping; a copy of the Tibetan national anthem, the Tibetan national flag, the former national emblem of the Tibetan government and an older version of the Tibetan Charter (prior to the amendments made during the extended session of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile) and the Constitution of Tibet. It would like to convey to our Tibetan brothers and sisters in Tibet, Tibetans in the Diaspora, the Tibet support groups and government of the People’s Republic of China that when Tibet becomes independent, these symbolic items will be returned and handed over to its rightful owner- the Tibetan nation and its people and so shall be inscribed in the chronicles of the world.
Dated: 7 June 2011
Note: Translated from Tibetan, which should be considered final and authoritative.
Originally published on the TYC website.