UK Parliament Debate on Tibet: China’s rapid expansion of the labour programme in Tibet

Sir Iain Duncan Smith MP, Co-chair of the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), led the Westminster Hall Debate on Wednesday, 7th October 2020 from 9.30am to 11am. He introduced the debate by stating that Tibet was in the news before but then it got forgotten for a while. The former Conservative Party leader said that this important debate was about China’s rapid expansion of the mass labour programme in Tibet. Sir Iain Duncan Smith also stated that the report was co-published by IPAC with Adrian Zenz, an independent scholar.

The debate was attended by MPs from all political parties namely – the Conservative, Labour, Liberal Democrats and Scottish National Party (SNP). The Debate was chaired by Mr Philip Hollobone MP.

This timely debate was welcomed by Tsering Passang of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM. He said, “We welcome and thank Sir Iain Duncan Smith and all the other MPs for taking part in this important debate on China’s rapid expansion of labour programme in Tibet. We are also encouraged by MPs from all political spectrum taking keen interest on the latest developments in Tibet, East Turkistan, Hong Kong and other parts of China. We urge the UK government to use its power and work with international partners and allies to bring about a positive change, dignity and freedoms for Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims and all the other peoples currently suppressed by the Chinese regime.”

Video source: https://parliamentlive.tv/Event/Index…

Author: Tsering Passang (Tsamtruk)

Tsering Passang is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. He was born in a Tibetan refugee camp in western Nepal. An NGO professional with nearly 20 years of experience in international development charities, Tsering has led Tibetan Community UK from 2014 to 2016 as its Chairman. Amongst his pioneering initiatives as the Community Leader, Tsering spearheaded "Tibetans Helping Tibetans" initiative and within months, it resulted in securing the sponsorship of 30 Tibetan refugee children for their education in India from 25 UK-based Tibetan families. Prior to his current appointment as the Director of Tibet Foundation, Tsering served as Special Adviser to the Tibet Society, the world's oldest Tibet support group. He also worked for Tibet Relief Fund for over eight years, raising vital funds for Tibetan children’s education in India and Nepal. From 2001 to 2007, he worked for Tibet Foundation as Art & Culture Programme Manager. Tsering has conducted multiple field trips to India and Nepal over the past two decades. After returning from his 2008 personal trip to Mustang, Tsering saw a need to provide training to those Tibetan teachers working in rural areas. Within a year, with the support of western teaching professionals, Tsering initiated the vital training programme for the teachers. Over 50 Tibetan refugees and ethnic Tibetan teachers from Mustang, Manang, Dhorpatan, Pokhara and Kathmandu attended the trainings delivered in Mustang, Kathmandu and Pokhara. He developed partnerships with the local NGOs and schools in Nepal. From 2014 to 2016, Tsering served on the boards of Tibet Society and Tibet House Trust. He also served as the Chairman and a Trustee of the Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust. Tsering continues his advocacy work on Tibet. He has attended and engaged with parliamentarians, special advisers and officials from the UK, UN, the US and EU. Tsering has also spoken at important public and closed forums – audience included governments representatives, policymakers, rights advocates, lawyers, journalists, NGO professionals, university students and researchers. In addition to his writings on the Tibetan affairs, published in the British, Nepalese and Tibetan media, Tsering was interviewed by the BBC, Sky News and Reuters. He is also frequently interviewed by the Voice of America, Radio Free Asia and Voice of Tibet. Tsering has conducted special interviews with leading Tibetan political figures - President of the Tibetan Government-in-exile (Central Tibetan Administration based in Dharamsala) and His Holiness the Dalai Lama's former Special Envoy (Washington-based) and former Representative (London-based) for a Tibetan YouTube channel – LondonNey Production. Tsering’s personal blog: www.tsamtruk.com Tsering's latest initiative is the creation of the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) - an advocacy group with the object of highlighting the issues affecting the Tibetans, Uyghur Muslims as well as other peoples persecuted by the Chinese regime.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s