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Tibetan Women's Association Celebrate 50 Years of Democracy

September 30, 2010

Matthew Singh-Toor
The Tibet Post International
September 27, 2010

Dharamshala -- The Tibetan Women's Association
(TWA) last Friday (September 24) hosted an event
entitled Sealing its Success: 50 glorious years
of Democracy in Exile, in Dharamsala, north
India. The event was attended by Tibetans living
in exile, along with Indian and Western supporters.

A TWA press release celebrated the success of
Tibetan democracy, saying that, from its origins
in 1960, it has burgeoned in a unique manner,
without the waves of revolution, war,
decolonisation, and religious conflict that have
characterized the transitions of many other countries to liberal democracy.

The event saw the screening of a film and launch
of a bi-lingual book, both titled Exile Tibetans'
Mass Mock Election and its Findings - a record of
the TWA's Mass Mock Election of the Kalon Tripa
(Prime Minister), which was held on July 6, His
Holiness the Dalai Lama's 75th birthday. The mock
election aimed to raise awareness of the
importance of the 2011 Kalon Tripa elections and
encourage Tibetans in the diaspora to exercise their voting rights.

The event's chief guest, Mr TS Krishnamurthy,
former Chief Election Commissioner of India, told
the audience that Tibetan democracy should
assimilate the good aspects of Indian democracy,
adding, "While in all the other evolving
democracies, it takes some time for the
government to endow women with voting rights, it
is very impressive to see that in the Tibetan
democracy the Tibetan women are spearheading a
pivotal project in the election process."

Other special guests included Mr Jamphel
Choesang, Chief Election Commissioner of the
Tibetan Government-in-exile and Mr Wilson Lee,
Program Pfficer of the Washington-based National Endowment for Democracy.

In October this year, TWA will launch a year-long
education campaign targeting Tibetans in the
remotest regions of India, Nepal and Bhutan.

For more information on the Tibetan Women's
Association, visit
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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