London-based 2021 Europe Chithu candidate releases his “Key Priorities”

A week after his initial announcement to run for the Europe seats in the forthcoming Tibetan parliamentary elections of 2021, Tsering Passang spoke on his four “Key Priorities”. Reiterating his intention to stand in the forthcoming elections, the London-based Tibetan parliamentarian candidate used his social media platform to reach out to Tibetans living in Europe and Africa.

Tsering said that as elected Chithu, in addition to his legislative responsibilities in the Tibetan Parliament, he would focus on the following key priorities:

  1. Leading, coordinating and strengthening political campaigning and advocacy work on Tibet in Europe and beyond.
  2. Supporting dialogue with the Chinese leadership towards finding a lasting political resolution of the China-Tibet issue.
  3. Strengthening Tibetan Communities in Europe.
  4. Ensuring the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) delivers its vital public services to the Tibetan Communities in India, Nepal and Bhutan.

The London-based aspiring Tibetan parliamentarian shared his ideas on Tibet advocacy, cultural preservation, and strengthening unity amongst the Tibetan communities in Europe through a range of events such as annual lobby days, political rallies, Eurovision style Tibetan festivals, Europe Chithu channel, etc.

Tsering also explained how he intended to achieve his priorities during the five-year term in office:

  1. In Europe and Africa, I will work towards strengthening relations with key stakeholders including parliamentarians, government officials, support groups, Buddhist centres, human rights advocates, Chinese dissidents, Tibetan communities, and Offices of Tibet.  I will pursue new alliances and opportunities for the Tibet issue and the Central Tibetan Administration.
  2. I will maintain cordial relations with all the key Departments and Offices of the Central Tibetan Administration and find ways to help our communities in the Indian subcontinent and beyond.
  3. I will make every effort to pay visits, listen to and interact with Tibetan communities in Europe and Africa and to learn about their views, opinions and problems and their solutions during my term as a Chithu.
  4. I will release regular updates – both in written and video materials – so that I keep all concerned members informed.
  5. In addition to public meetings, I will also make myself available for individual meetings to discuss any issues or concerns and finding amicable solutions.

Tsering responded to questions from the public via his social medial channel on 26th November. So far, eight candidates had declared their candidacies for the two seats (allocated for Tibetans in Europe) in the Tibetan Parliament-in-exile, based in Dharamsala, northern India. Exiled Tibetans go to the primary elections of Sikyong (President) and Chithu (parliamentarians) on 3rd January 2021.

(Tibetan Translation as below):

གུས་པའི་ལས་འཁུར་གཙོ་འདོན་ཁག

སྤྱི་འཐུས་ལ་འོས་འདེམས་བྱུང་ན་གྲོས་ཚོགས་ནང་ཁྲིམས་བཟོའི་ལས་དོན་ཁག་ལ་ཆ་ཤས་འཐུས་གཙང་ཞུ་བ་དང་ཆབས་ཅིག་སྤྱི་འཐུས་ཀྱི་ལས་རྒྱུན་རིང་ས་གནས་ས་ཐོག་ཏུ་ཁ་ཡོད་ལག་ཡོད་ཀྱིས་གཤམ་འཁོད་ལས་འཆར་ཁག་ལ་དམིགས་གསལ་ཤུགས་སྣོན་བྱེད་རྒྱུ་ཡིན།

༡ བོད་ཀྱི་ཆབ་སྲིད་ལས་དོན་གྱི་ཐོག་ཡོ་རོབ་དང་ས་ཕྱོགས་གང་སར་བདེན་པའི་ཞུ་གཏུགས་ཀྱི་ལས་འགུལ་ཤུགས་ཆེ་རུ་སྤེལ་རྒྱུ།

༢ བོད་རྒྱའི་འབྲེལ་ལམ་དང་ཞི་མོལ་གྱི་ལས་དོན་ཐད་རང་ནུས་གང་ལྕོགས་ཀྱིས་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

༣ ཡོ་རོབ་ནང་གི་བོད་རིགས་ཚོགས་པ་ཁག་ལ་གང་འོས་ཀྱི་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཅི་ནུས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

༤ རྒྱ་བལ་འབྲུག་གསུམ་ནང་ཡོད་པའི་བོད་མིའི་སྒྲིག་འཛུགས་ཀྱི་ཁྱབ་ཁོངས་བོད་མི་ཡོངས་ལ་དགོས་ངེས་ཀྱི་རོགས་རམ་ དུས་ཐོག་ཐུབ་པ་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

གུས་པའི་ཐབས་ལམ།

༡ ཡོ་རོབ་དང་ཨ་ཕི་རི་ཀའི་རྒྱལ་ཁབ་སོ་སོའི་འབྲེལ་ཡོད་མི་སྣ་དང་། གྲོས་ཚོགས་ཁག བོད་དོན་རྒྱབ་སྐྱོར་ཚོགས་པ་ཁག བོད་བརྒྱུད་ནང་བསྟན་ཆོས་ཚོགས་ཁག འགྲོ་བ་མིའི་ཐོབ་ཐང་རྩོད་མཁན་གྱི་ཚོགས་པ་ཁག བོད་རིགས་ཚོགས་པ་ཁག དོན་གཅོད་ལས་ཁང་། དེ་བཞིན་དུ་རྒྱ་ནག་དམར་པོའི་གཞུང་དང་ལངས་ཕྱོགས་མི་མཐུན་པའི་རྒྱ་ནག་གི་ཕྱོགས་འགལ་ཚོགས་པ་ཁག་ བཅས་ལ་འབྲེལ་བ་ཟབ་ཏུ་བཏང་ནས་གོ་སྐབས་དམ་འཛིན་གྱིས་དབུས་བོད་མིའི་སྒྲིག་འཛུགས་ཀྱི་ དམིགས་ཡུལ་ཐོག་ཤུགས་སྣོན་ཐེབས་ཐབས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

༢ དབུས་བོད་མིའི་སྒྲིག་འཛུགས་ཀྱི་ལས་ཁུངས་མ་ལག་དང་བཅས་པར་འབྲེལ་བ་དམ་ཟབ་ཀྱིས་རྒྱ་གར་དང་། ཕྱི་རྒྱལ་གླིང་ཕྲན་ ཁག་བཅས་ན་ཡོད་པའི་བོད་པ་དང་བོད་རིགས་ཚོགས་པ་ཁག་ལ་དགོས་ངེས་ཀྱི་རོགས་རམ་དུས་ཐོག་སྨིན་ཐབས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

༣ རང་ནུས་གང་ལྕོགས་ཀྱིས་ཡོ་རོབ་དང་ཨ་ཕི་རི་ཀའི་ནང་ཡོད་པའི་བོད་རིགས་ཚོགས་པ་ཁག་ལ་ངོ་བཅར་གྱིས་ས་གནས་ མི་མང་གི་བསམ་ཚུལ་དང་། དཀའ་ངལ་སོགས་ལ་གཟབ་ཉན་གྱིས་སྐབས་འཕྲལ་གྱི་དཀའ་ངལ་གང་ཡོད་སེལ་ཐབས་ཞུ་རྒྱུ།

༤ ལས་རྒྱུན་རིང་དུས་བཅད་ཀྱིས་མི་དམངས་ཀྱི་མཁྱེན་རྟོགས་སླད་བསྒྲུབས་ཟིན་པའི་ལས་ཀའི་སྙན་ཐོ་དང་། བསྒྲུབ་རྒྱུའི་ ལས་འཆར་རྣམས་ཡིག་ལམ་དང་ བརྙན་ཐུང་དྲྭ་རྒྱའི་ལམ་ནས་སྤེལ་རྒྱུ།

༥ ལས་འགན་གནད་སྨིན་ཡོང་ཆེད་དམིགས་གསལ་ཡོ་རོབ་སྤྱི་འཐུས་ཁྱབ་ཁོངས་སུ་གཏོགས་པའི་མི་སྒེར་སོ་སོའི་ དཀའ་ངལ་དང་། བསམ་ཚུལ་ལ་ཉན་རྒྱུའི་དུས་ཚོད་ཆེད་འབུལ་གྱིས་སྐབས་བབས་ལས་དོན་ལ་གྲུབ་འབྲས་ཐོབ་པའི་ཐབས་ལམ་འཚོལ་རྒྱུ།

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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