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World parliamentarians' body proposes independent monitors for 2011 Tibetan polls

September 7, 2010

Tenzin Tsering
September 3, 2010

Bylakuppe, Sep. 3 -- Members of the International
Network for Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT)
yesterday called upon the Election Commission of
the Tibetan government in exile to invite
independent international election monitoring
entities to observe the 2011 parliamentary and Kalon Tripa elections.

Members of INPaT who were in Bylakuppe for the
50th Tibetan democracy day celebrations met with
the Tibetan leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama
yesterday during a luncheon reception and briefed
His Holiness about their recommendation. The
members also met with the Tibetan Election
Commissioner Jampal Chosang to discuss
possibilities of having independent monitors
during the Tibetan polls next year. “Our proposal
is that we should invite observers from the
International community, for them to know that
there is progress in the Tibetan democracy in
exile” said Mr. Thomas Mann, Co-Chair of the
INPaT Working Group and the President of the
Tibet Inter Group in the European Parliament.

INPaT will organise an international
parliamentary event next year on the Sino-Tibetan
dialogue process including suggestions on how to
agree and implement the Memorandum of Genuine
Autonomy for the Tibetan People presented by the
Tibetan envoys in November 2008. It urged the
Chinese leadership to consider the Memorandum as
a basis for "substantive discussion leading
towards positive, meaningful change in Tibet."

"We also expressed the necessity to strengthen
the international advocacy for support for Tibet.
It is difficult with China putting pressure on
the western governments. We will organize to
achieve this as we know that we are trying to
find a political solution to the Tibetan problem
. It is not a military and not an independence
solution. It is to find genuine autonomy for the
Tibetan people” said Matteo Mecacci, President of
the Tibet Intergroup of the Italian Parliament.

"The International community can involve itself
as the third party to push China to get to the
negotiating table until genuine autonomy for the
Tibetan people is achieved and there is a free
Tibet inside China” said Matteo Mecacci.

Stating the success of autonomy in various
European countries, Mr. Mann added that" The
Memorandum on Autonomy (MoA) presented by the
Tibetan side is labeled as a separatist document
by China which is unfortunate. It is not true and
it is important to make sure that the world
understand and know what the Tibetans are asking for.”

"We have experienced autonomy in our European
countries where it was possible to accept
minorities and the celebration of its language,
religion, education was possible,” added Mr. Mann.

When asked if the invitation of International
election monitoring body for the coming Kalon
Tripa election is a step towards recognizing the
democratic exile government, Mr Mecacci replied
that the Tibetan government in exile (TGIE)is not
seeking recognition for an independent state.

While calling upon National Parliaments to
increase their coordination and synergies on
Tibet, INPaT condemned China for committing
“gross and systematic violations of human rights
and fundamental freedoms in Tibet” and called
upon China “to implement the recommendations on
Tibet by the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies,
including by the Committee Against Torture (CAT)
and the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).”

The Fifth World Parliamentarians Convention on
Tibet (WPCT), held in Rome in November 2009,
resolved to form a network of parliamentarians
for Tibet (INPaT) to facilitate coordination
among parliamentarians and parliamentary groups
in order to effectively advance Tibet issues in a concerted manner.
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