Former Chairman of Tibetan Community UK and incumbent Tibet Foundation Director declares his candidacy for Tibetan Parliament

(London, UK | 20th November 2020)

Tsering Passang is the latest candidate to announce his decision to run for the Europe seat in the forthcoming Tibetan parliamentary elections of 2021. He is passionate about Tibet and the Tibetan issue. Tsering believes that his long commitment to the Tibetan cause and extensive experience in the field makes him a suitable candidate to advance the Tibetan cause both within the Tibetan Parliament in Exile and beyond, including in Europe. The announcement was made online this morning via his social media channel.

Tsering said: “Tibet continues to remain under the illegal occupation of Communist China. The current shift in global attitudes towards China presents a unique opportunity to promote stronger advocacy work on behalf of Tibet on the international forum. The current situation also presents a new opportunity for us Tibetans to strengthen and form new alliances with like-minded nations around the world.  I am therefore keen to use my initiative, experience and social networks and to work hard towards achieving the goals of advancing Tibet’s just cause by challenging Communist China.

“With nearly 20 years of experience as director, fundraiser, programme manager, special adviser, rights advocate, and public events and community organiser for a number of British Tibet-related, membership-based NGOs (charitable, political, advocacy and voluntary community organisations), I know what needs to be done for my community and for our freedom struggle. I am ready to take on a challenging and public leadership role in uniting our people to secure a greater impact for our peaceful freedom struggle and justice in Tibet.”

Running for the Tibetans in Europe’s Chithu seat, Tsering said: “I have shown time and again that, when given the opportunity to lead an organisation such as the Tibetan Community UK as the elected Chairman from 2014 to 2016, I can make a huge impact in a short period of time, whether through public mobilisation or fundraising initiatives. I have proven success  with other Tibet organisations such as the Tibet Foundation, the Tibet Society and Tibet Relief Fund, in securing substantial funds as well as undertaking new initiatives in support of Tibetans inside Tibet as well as for those in exile in the Indian subcontinent.”

Tsering’s latest initiative – the Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM) – aims to highlight the plight of Tibetans and other persecuted peoples under China’s control. Within months of starting this new platform, Tsering has successfully organised numerous public and online events, and secured political support from British MPs through their parliamentary debates and public statements.

Apart from giving talks in public settings, including schools and universities, Tsering has addressed special forums on human rights and political issues in Geneva and with Chinese student groups at Oxford. In addition to organising many political, cultural and community events, Tsering continues to engage with the UN, and with British and European political figures and their governments on Tibet advocacy work.

Tsering was brought up in a Tibetan refugee camp in western Nepal, home to the Mustang-based Tibetan Resistance veterans.

CONTACT:

Tsering Passang

Candidate, Chithue Election 2021 (Tibetan Parliament in Exile)

Email: TseringPassang4EuropeChithu@gmail.com

Twitter: @tsamtruk              

Website: www.tsamtruk.com                

Facebook: www.facebook.com/TseringPassangUK

BRIEF BACKGROUND

Name: Tsering Passang

Residence: London, UK

Present occupation: NGO Director (Former Chairman of Tibetan Community in Britain)

Education:

1998 – 2001: BSc (Hon) Information Technology, University of Salford, UK

Professional Service:

2019 –         : Director, Tibet Foundation

2017 – 2018: Special Adviser, Tibet Society

2007 – 2016: Sponsorship Programme Manager, Tibet Relief Fund

2001 – 2007: Art & Culture Programme Manager, Tibet Foundation

Community and Voluntary Service

2020 –         : Convenor, Global Alliance for Tibet & Persecuted Minorities (GATPM)

2018 – 2020: Adviser, Tibetan Community UK

2014 – 2016: Chairman, Tibetan Community UK

2014 – 2016: Chairman, Tibetan Refugee Charitable Trust

2014 – 2016: Trustee, Tibet House Trust

2014 – 2016: Council Member, Tibet Society

2014 – 2016: Board Member, Young Tibetan Education Club (Y-TEC)

2009 – 2010: General Secretary, Tibetan Community UK

2002 – 2006: Culture Secretary, Tibetan Community UK

སྐུ་ཞབས་ཚེ་རིང་པ་སངས་ལགས་ནི་བོད་མི་མང་སྤྱི་འཐུས་ལྷན་ཚོགས་སྐབས་༡༧ པའི་ཡུ་རོབ་ཀྱི་སྤྱི་འཐུས་སུ་བཞེངས་མཁན་གསར་ཤོས་དེ་ཡིན།

ཁོང་ནི་ལོ་ངོ་༢༤ རིང་དབྱིན་ཡུལ་དུ་གནས་སྡོད་བྱེད་མཁན་ཞིག་ཡིན་པ་དང་། བོད་མིའི་རྩ་དོན་དང་འབྲེལ་བའི་ལས་འགུལ་ བྱས་དང་བྱེད་བཞིན་ལ། རྒྱ ་བལ་འབྲུག་གསུམ་དང་། བོད་ནང་གི་བོད་མི་ཚོའི་དཔལ་འབྱོར་ཡར་རྒྱས་རོགས་རམ་ཚོགས་པའི་ དམིག་བསལ་གྱི་ངེས་སྟོན་པ་དང་། ལོ་མང་རིང་དབྱིན་ཡུལ་བོད་རིགས་ཚོགས་པའི་རྒྱུན་ལས་ཀྱི་ལས་འགན་སྤྱི་དང་། སྐབས་འགར་ཚོགས་གཙོ་དང་དྲུང་ཆེའི་ཞབས་ཞུ་ཡང་གནང་ཡོད། མདོར་ན། གཞུང་འབྲེལ་མ་ཡིན་པའི་ཡན་ལག་མང་དག་ཅིག་ནང་ལྷག་བསམ་བཟོད་མེད་ཐོག་བོད་མིའི་ངོ་ཚབ་མཚོན་བྱེད་དམ་བཅའ་གཏན་པོ་གནང་དང་གནང་བཞིན་པ་ཡིན།

གཞན་ཡང་བོད་དེ་བཞིན་རྒྱ་དམར་བཙན་གནོན་དང་སྡུག་རྩུབ་བསམ་ཡུལ་ལས་འགལ་བའི་དཀའ་ངལ་ལོ་རེ་བཞིན་ཇི་སྡུག་ཏུ་འགྲོ་བཞིན་པར་བརྟེན། ཁོང་གི་ལས་འཆར་དང་པོ་བོད་མིའི་ཐབ་རྩོད་འདི་བཞིན་འཛམ་གླིང་སྡིངས་ཆའི་ཐོག་གླེང་སློང་གང་མང་བྱེད་ཐབས་ བྱ་རྒྱུ་དང་། བོད་གཞིས་བྱིས་གཉིས་མཉམས་འཛོམས་ཡོང་ཐབས་སུ་འབད་བརྩོན་ཞུ་རྒྱུའི་དམ་བཅའ་གཏན་པོ་ཡོད།

ད་ལྟའི་དུས་མཚམས་འདིར་བཙན་འབྱོལ་བོད་མིའི་སྒྲིག་འཛུགས་ནང་མེད་དུ་མི་རུང་བ་ནི་བོད་མི་ནང་ཁུལ་ཆིག་སྒྲིལ་ཡར་རྒྱས་གཏོང་ཐབས་གལ་གནད་ཆེ་བར་སོང་། ཡར་རྒྱས་གོང་མཐོར་གཏོང་ཐབས་སུ་ཁོང་ནས་ལས་འགུལ་ཇི་འཆར་ཁག་མི་མང་རྣམས་འབྲེལ་གཏུགས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ་ཡིན།

བརྗོད་དོན་མཐའ་མར།  ཁོང་གྱི་ལོ་རྒྱུ་དང་བོད་མི་རིགས་ལ་བཅངས་པའི་སེམས་ཤུགས་ཀྱིས་འདས་པའི་བྱས་རྗེས་རྣམས་ཞིབ་ཅིང་ཕྲ་བ་རྣམས་ཇི་བཞིན་གཟིགས་འདོད་ཡོད་མཁན་རྣམས་ཀྱིས་དབྱིན་ཡིག་ནང་གཟིགས་གནང་བའི་ཐུགས་མངའ་ཞུ།

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.

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