TWA Urges Indian PM Modi to raise the crucial issue of Tibet with the Chinese President

Calls on Xi Jinping to face the Tibet Challenge by holding talks with Tibetan Leadershipcampaign poster

The campaign video ‘Xi Face the Tibet Challenge’ can be viewed here:
http://youtu.be/Z_uMMg5IeaI

 

September 16, 2014, Dharamsala:

On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India, Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA), the largest women’s political organization in exile, while wishing Shri Narendra Modi ji a happy 64th birthday, urges the Indian Prime Minister to raise the crucial issue of Tibet with his Chinese counterpart.

TWA calls on Xi Jinping to face the Tibet Challenge by holding talks with the Tibetan leadership in exile, particularly with the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

On the eve of Xi Jinping’s India visit, TWA is re-releasing a campaign video titled #Xi Face the Tibet Challenge. This campaign was initially launched on March 14, 2013, the day Xi Jinping formally assumed the Chinese presidency. Over 200 Tibetan women representing 33 regional chapters of TWA staged the campaign at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi with three key slogans: Xi Jinping, end the repression in Tibet, Xi Jinping, resolve the Tibet crisis now, and Xi Jinping, face the Tibet Challenge.

“Sadly, over the last 18 months, we didn’t see the Chinese Government under Xi’s leadership address the legitimate grievances of Tibetan people inside Tibet,” said Ms. Tashi Dolma, President of TWA.

The situation in Tibet is exacerbated by a deepening crackdown by the Chinese government on any forms of peaceful expressions for freedom by the Tibetan people, thus deepening the anguish Tibetans feel. Human rights situation in Tibet is marked by deterioration of rights protection and an intensification of clampdowns. There have been arbitrary shootings, arrests, and the indiscriminate use of force – actions which have reduced Tibetans to the level of a subject people. The denial of religious freedom and large-scale government sponsored settlements by non-Tibetans threaten to obliterate Tibetan identity.

For the last 18 years of TWA’s history in exile, TWA has been calling on the Chinese government to peacefully resolve the issue of Tibet. But their stringent and repressive policies have engendered a forbidding situation that has spiraled a spate of self-immolations inside Tibet, of 131 Tibetans including 21 Women.

“Therefore today, as Xi Jinping steps into India, the exile homeland for Tibetans, we call on him to review China’s failed policies in Tibet, to end the crisis inside Tibet and significantly to fulfill the genuine aspirations of the Tibetan people who sacrificed their lives calling for ‘freedom for Tibetans inside Tibet’ and for ‘the dignified return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama back to Tibet’,” said Tashi Dolma,

A week prior to Xi Jinping’s India visit, TWA has submitted appeal letters to the Indian Prime Minister and the Indian Minister for External Affairs urging them to raise Tibet. TWA leaders will also engage in a two-day direct lobby campaign with the Indian leaders.

 

 

Press contacts:

Tashi Dolma, President – 9459553953
Nyima Lhamo, General Secretary – 9882502821

 

 

 

TWA’s 30th Re-founding Anniversary

Tibetan-Womens-Association-logoStatement: September 10, 2014

Today as we celebrate the 30th year of re-establishment of Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) in exile, we heartily honour and remember all the great women martyrs who led and took part in the greatest uprising on March 12, 1959 and bravely sacrificed their lives in the struggle. We share our solidarity with all our brothers and sisters who set themselves alive with fathomless courage and dream to free Tibetans from Chinese repression and make every Tibetan’s dream come true.

 

TWA is a historic association run by Tibetan women from all three provinces to struggle against Chinese oppression, take equal responsibility to preserve her unique culture and to maintain a high-quality of social and political activism. It was initially founded on March 12, 1959 when Tibetan women led an uprising to revolt against China’s brutal occupation of Tibet, killing almost a million Tibetans and destroyed thousands of monasteries.

 

On September 6, 1984, in His Holiness the Dalai Lama’s address at the pre-advisory meeting on the selection of the 9th member of the Tibetan parliament, His Holiness spoke about the existence of Tibetan Women’s Organization before and also expressed the importance of having such organization in Tibetan community. Hence, the TWA was officially reinstated in exile on September 10, 1984. The association had a very humble beginning with 800 Tibetan women as members and 12 regional chapters across India.

 

Today, TWA is one of the oldest non-governmental organization and the only Tibetan women’s organization in exile. TWA encompasses 17,000 members in 56 regional chapters across four continents (Asia, America, Europe, and Australia).

 

With blessing of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and remembering the undying spirit of fellow Tibetan brothers and sisters, TWA puts its effort to bring up Tibetan issue on International platforms to spread awareness and get justice to our cause. At the same time, TWA focus remains on strengthening our exile community by supporting the education of women, organizing various training programs and workshops to empower Tibetan women in exile.

 

Since 2013, TWA has undertaken an important project called ‘The Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile, India’. It is an educational program to make women and men aware of protection of women and children’s legal rights under Indian law. This project holds a mission to strengthen the social foundations of the Tibetan community in exile by creating a gender sensitive and an empowered and progressive society. Since August 2014, TWA has been carrying its second round of direct outreach program of Legal empowerment of Tibetan women in 18 settlements in India.

 

In the recent years, the Tibetan community in exile has come to know of the Chinese government’s massive environmental destruction and intense restriction on the practice of Tibetan religion and celebration of traditional Tibetan festivals in Tibet. On August 12, 2014, Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed Tibetan protesters in Denma Shugpa Village in Lishu (Ch: Luoxu) Township in Sershul (Ch: Shiqu) County, Kardze, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture. According to the sources, at least ten Tibetans were injured. The unarmed civilians were protesting for the detention of Wangdak, a 45-year-old village leader on the previous night. Wangdak has complained local Chinese government for banning the observance of the Denma Horse Festival. Wangdak argued that the celebration of the festival is a part of Tibetan culture and religious practice. He reasoned out that banning such festival is a violation of the religious freedom of Tibetans. Currently, the situation in Denma Shupa village is becoming more intense as the Chinese armed forces have surrounded the village and civilians above the age of 16 were arrested randomly. So far, five arrested civilians have died inside the prison as a result of severe torture and denial of medical care.[1]

 

 

Recently, there is news on the Party Secretary of Tibet Autonomous Region Chen Quanguo’s urges to officials to push mixed marriages among Tibetan ethnics and Han Chinese. It is not Chen’s personal yearning to assimilate Tibetans in populous Han Chinese; it is a deliberate policy of the Communist Party of China that is actively promoting in Tibetan areas.[2] TWA consider that this policy is a heinous strategy of Chinese government to genocide Tibetan ethnic and a measure to control Tibetan resistance.

 

 

TWA remains committed to advocate human rights for Tibetans inside Tibet and dedicated to empower Tibetan women in exile by initiating and leading beneficial projects and programs. TWA has clearly stated our projects, campaigns, activities and future plans at the XIth Working Committee Meeting held in July 2013 at Dhondenling Tibetan settlement in Kollegal.

 

On this 30th reinstatement anniversary of Tibetan Women’s Association in exile, we appeal for the following points:

 

  1. Middle Way Policy adopted by Central Tibetan Administration in exile is an approach to resolve the issue of Tibet, and to bring about stability and co-existence between the Tibetan and Chinese people based on equality and mutual benefit. Therefore, we strongly appeal International committees and Tibet support groups to urge and pressure China to restart the dialogue and forgo all the misconception it held against the policy.

 

  1. Tibetans inside Tibet are suffering under the Chinese hard line policies over the last 60 years; this callous policy aims to destroy the root of Tibetan ethnicity and we therefore request the International committee to send North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) to Tibet.

 

  1. Tibetans’ struggle has been the most peaceful resistance, yet China holds discriminative and ruthless policies against Tibetans and connects our struggle to that of terrorism and splitists. China has accused His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama, the world’s renowned ambassador of peace and non-violence as splitist and exile Tibetans’ democratically elected political leader, Dr. Lobsang Sangay as a terrorist. China will solely be responsible for aftermath of such bigotry and injustice.

 

  1. The unbearable hard line policies and injustice have compelled many Tibetans to self-immolate. However, the Chinese government has never communicated to the Chinese people about the reality behind self-immolations; therefore it is high time for international community and people to unite and stand for Tibet.

 

  1. We urge United Nation’s Committee on Enforced Disappearance to pressure China to release His Holiness the XIth Panchen Lama, Tulku Tenzin Delek and all the political prisoners. We remain very much concerned about their health condition and wellbeing.

 

  1. We appeal for your support to pressure China for an immediate release of all the arrested civilians of Denma Shugpa Village in Kardze, including all the senior and junior leaders of the village.

 

 

To conclude, we pray for His Holiness the XIVth Dalai Lama’s long life and may all the Tibetans reunite in Tibet very soon.

 

 

Thank you.

 

 

Tibetan Women’s Association

Central Executive Committee

 

The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile India and the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. We are today a 17,000-member organization with 56 chapters in four continents- Asia, US, Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’

 

[1] http://www.tchrd.org/2014/08/tchrd-condemns-chinese-police-shooting-of-unarmed-tibetans-in-kardze-2/

 

[2] http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-promotes-mixed-marriages-in-tibet-as-way-to-achieve-unity/2014/08/16/94409ca6-238e-11e4-86ca-6f03cbd15c1a_story.html

TWA appeal Indian Prime Minister to raise Tibet issue with meeting with Xi Jinping

Tibetan-Womens-Association-logoA week prior to Xi Jinping’s India visit, Central Tibetan Women’s Association has submitted appeal letters to the Indian Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi and the Indian Minister for External Affairs Ms. Sushma Swaraj urging them to raise Tibet.

To

Mr. Narendra Damodardas Modi
Prime Minister of the Republic India
South Block
Raisina Hill
New Delhi-110011
India

Date: September 9, 2014

 Subject: Requesting to bring forward Tibet’s issue during Chinese President’s visit.

Your Excellency,

Central Tibetan Women’s Association would like to seek your intervention to bring forward Tibet’s issue during Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to India.

We appeal your Excellency to urge Chinese government to review their harsh policies on Tibet, which has incited greater resistance and acted as an unwavering catalyst to the increasing number of self-immolations as well as peaceful demonstrations.

To date we have seen a staggering 131 self-immolations in Tibet alone. At least 107 of these protesters are known to have died. The self-immolators have repeatedly called for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and freedom in Tibet. Leaders across the world and Tibetans in exile have made numerous appeals to China to examine its policies. China, however, instead of responding to these appeals, has further intensified the suppression of Tibetans in Tibet. Moreover, we are now seeing a new level of repression in the punishment of not only the families of the self-immolators, but the entire community.

Last month, Tibetan woman who was seven months pregnant committed suicide when she heard her husband died in Chinese prison. Her husband was identified as Jinpa Tharchin, one of the five identified people from Denma Shugpa Village in Lishu (Ch: Luoxu) Township in Sershul (Ch: Shiqu) County, Kardze, Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture who died in the Chinese prison due to severe torturing on August 18, 2014

On August 12, 2014, Chinese security forces opened fire on unarmed Tibetan protesters in Dema Shupa Township in Lishu. According to the sources, at least ten Tibetans were injured. The unarmed civilians were protesting for the detention of Wangdak, a 45-year-old village leader on the previous night. Wangdak has complained local Chinese government for banning the observance of the Denma Horse Festival. Wangdak argued that the celebration of the festival is a part of Tibetan culture and religious practice. He reasoned out that banning such festival is a violation of the religious freedom of Tibetans. Currently, the situation in Denma Shupa village is becoming more intense as the Chinese armed forces have surrounded the village and civilians above the age of 16 were arrested randomly. So far, five arrested civilians have died inside the prison as a result of severe torture and denial of medical care.[1]

To resolve Tibet issue, the Middle Way Approach is the position of the Central Tibetan Administration in Exile. This approach was democratically adopted by the Central Tibetan Administration; its goal is to resolve the issue of Tibet and to bring about stability and co-existence between the Tibetan and Chinese based on equality and mutual co-operation. Therefore, we strongly appeal your Excellency to urge China to respond to the negotiations extended by the Exile-Tibetan leadership.

We believe that only coordinated and swift diplomatic action can stop this crisis. We thereby request you to kindly highlight the current crisis in Tibet during your meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

We remain deeply grateful to the Government of India for all the support and help bestowed upon us and more importantly for providing the requisite security for His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama to date.

Thanking you,

 Yours Sincerely,

Tashi Dolma
President
Central Tibetan Women’s Association

 

 The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile India and the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. We are today a 17,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents- Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’

[1] http://www.tchrd.org/2014/08/tchrd-condemns-chinese-police-shooting-of-unarmed-tibetans-in-kardze-2/

 

 

Facebook user ཞོགས་པའི་ཉིན་འོད misuse pictures of TWA

The Facebook user called ཞོགས་པའི་ཉིན་འོད has misused three pictures (original) of participants from TWA’s recently held workshop on ‘Legal empowerment of Tibetan women in exile’. In the actual pictures, the participants are holding their ‘safe community pledges’ for empowerment and development of our community. However, the Facebook user called ཞོགས་པི་ཉི་མ་ has Photoshopped and changed the pledges. We can see that the pictures are going viral with both pro and anti -dhoegyal slogans in social media like Facebook and We-chats. It is a crime, a violation of digital space and rights.

We request our friends to kindly report and stop circulating the fake photos, which have different pledges.
10577036_10152589802176007_7015453918372527217_n ཉེ་ལམ་ངེད་བོད་ཀྱི་བུད་མེད་ལྷན་ཚོགས་ཀྱིས་༼སྦྱོང་བརྡར་བ་རྣམས་ལ་སྦྱོང་བརྡར་༽ཅེས་རྒྱ་གར་ཁྲིམས་ཁ་ན་ཕོ་མོ་གནོད་འཐེབ་མཁན་ལ་སྲུང་སྐྱོབ་གང་ཡོད་ཀྱི་ངོ་སྤྲོད་ཟབ་སྦྱོང་ཞིག་འཚོགས་པའི་ཉིན་མཐའ་མར།འཛུལ་ཞུགས་པ་སྒེར་ངོས་ནས་ཁྲིམས་དོན་གྱི་དགོས་ནས་བོད་པའི་སྤྱི་ཚོགས་བདེ་འཇགས་བསྐྲུན་ཐབས་ཀྱི་ཁས་ལེན་དམ་བཅའ་བཞག་ཡོད།ཡིན་ནའང་ངོ་དེབ་ཀྱི་མིང་ལ་ཞོགས་པའི་ཉིན་འོད་ཞེས་པ་ཞིག་གིས་འཛུལ་ཞུགས་པའི་ཁས་ལེན་ཤོག་སྟེང་གི་བརྗོད་པ་ངོ་མ་དེ་བཅོས་ནས།རྡོ་རྗེ་ཤུགས་ལྡན་ལ་ངོ་རྒོལ་ཡོད་རབས་བཤད་ནས་གང་བྱུང་བཀྲམས་འདུག་ན།ངེད་ལྷན་ཚོགས་ནས་ཁས་ལེན་ཤོག་བྱང་འཛིན་པའི་དོ་བདག་གསུམ་ལ་བཟོད་གསོལ་དང་སྦྲགས།རྒྱ་ཆེ་དམངས་ཚོགས་ངོས་ནས་གོང་མིང་ནས་འགན་ཁུར་མེད་པའི་སྒོ་ནས་གཞན་གྱི་པར་བདེ་སྤྱོད་ལོག་པར་གཏོང་པར་བརྒྱུད་བཀོད་དང་ཡིད་ཆེས་མི་གནང་བའི་རེ་བསྐུལ་ཞུ།

TWA’s Training on Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile draws close

Sixty action heroes pledge action to create a gender sensitive and a legally empowered Tibetan Community in exile

 

Dharamsala, August 7, 2014: The five-day ‘Training for Trainers’ program on ‘Legal Empowerment of Tibetan Women in Exile’ concluded today with sixty participants including eight men taking a ‘safe community pledge’ for action, empowerment and development.

Building testimonies

Trainee with a pledge_EnglishChanging one’s mindset, being gender sensitive and instilling that knowledge and awareness in the community remained pertinent in all pledges.

 

“I will not look at her as women or him as men, but as human beings with human values with the basic right to live with dignity,” read one pledge by a 45-year-old female Tenzin Dolma.

“I will protest any individual who commits sexual harassment and violence against women.” Phuntsok Dorjee, 23, male, student activist.

 

During the course of the training program His Holiness the Dalai Lama blessed the organizers and the participants and expressed appreciation for such programs. His Holiness advised that it should bear the foresight to benefit all sentient beings. “This legal empowerment training program should continue and also use its potential to empower not only women and men but also the sentient beings on earth,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

with His Holiness

 

 

His Holiness the Karmapa Rinpoche led a discussion on the topic ‘Gender Identities’ and shared his thoughts and concerns on the gender disparities that exist in Buddhist traditions and beliefs. Karmapa Rinpoche advised the participants to not allow these restraints to deter them but encouraged them to identify, communicate and network and build alliances with the other women groups and support each other’s endeavors and actions.

With Gyalwa Karmapa

 

Honorable Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay held a lengthy discussion on the pressing issues of child molestation and gender-based violence that has unearthed in the recent times in the Tibetan community in exile. “We should have zero tolerance against such crimes and the perpetrators should be trialed under the court of law as criminals instead of being let free and forgiven,” said Dr. Sangay.

with Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay

 

As the chief guest of the opening ceremony of the training program, Honorable speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile, Mr. Penpa Tsering, said that these training programs on gender sensitization and taking legal recourse to tackle sexual harassment and violence should be given more to men who tend to be the perpetrators of such heinous crimes.