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Press release: European Chitue Initiative is launched

August 11, 2010

Press release
2nd ETC Organizing Committee
August 9, 2010

The 2nd ETC Organizing Committee is pleased to
announce the launch of European Chitue
Initiative. This is an initiative to engage in a
pre-election search for eligible parliamentary
candidates to run for the office in the upcoming
Tibetan Parliamentary preliminary elections in
October 2010 and final elections in March 2011.

The role of the next parliamentary
representatives from Europe is of tremendous
importance as the number of Tibetans living in
Europe is on the rise today. According to the
Tibetan charter in exile, Tibetans living in
Europe can elect two representatives.

"I believe that it is important that individuals
committed to the Tibetan issue combined with a
good understanding of the European system
represent Tibetans living in Europe" said Thupten
Gyatso, Chairperson of the 2nd ETC Organizing
Committee which started this initiative.

During the last general elections to the ATPD
only 36 percent of the registered voters or
around 800 people out of 2224 registered voters
decided the two deputies from Europe.

"This is very disheartening. A democracy is only
as strong as the people who participate in the
process. While we expect the Central Tibetan
Administration to find a solution to one of the
hardest problem, we also need to put in effort
from our part as individual Tibetans," Thupten Gyatso pointed out.

As the oppression in Tibet continues, and there
is no immediate breakthrough in the dialogue with
the Chinese government, it is imperative that
Tibetans use the democratic system to put forward
our best candidates. This will improve our
democracy and add strength to our common cause.

Tibetans living in Europe can go to the ETC
( and
nominate their candidates. The candidates will be
listed as we receive the nominations. The only
criteria is that the candidate is over 25 years
old,  has current residency in Europe and holds a
Green Book. We believe more information and
transparency will improve our democratic process.
This initiative is inspired by the Kalon Tripa
initiative launched by Mr. Thubten Samdup.

Contact person:
Mr. Thupten Gyatso
(President of Tibetan Community of France),
Phone: +33 680729054
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665
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