Over 100 delegates from 26 countries attended the 8th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (WPCT) in Washington D.C. from 22nd to 23rd June 2022. After intensive deliberations and sharing, The Washington DC Declaration was released.
Mrs Dolma Tsering Teykang, the Deputy Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, remarked that “Tibet is the Guinea Pig of Non-Violence” and she called for continued support from parliamentarians and governments worldwide.
Organised by the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, this latest convention in Washington DC was in continuation of the previous 7 WPCT sessions, with an object of strengthening and coordinating support by parliamentarians from different countries to resolve the China-Tibet conflict.
The first WPCT was held in 1994 in New Delhi and the subsequent conventions were held in Vilnius, Lithuania (1995); Washington D.C., USA (1997); Edinburgh, Scotland (U.K.) (2005); Rome, Italy (2009); Ottawa, Canada (2012); and Riga, Latvia (2019).
According to the press statement before the convention, the TPiE said, “By holding the 8th WPCT in the United States, a country with fundamental values of democracy and equality, we honor the important role played by the United States Congress in formulating policy initiatives on Tibet, including institutionalising support through several legislations.”
The convention also announced the revival of the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT).