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INPaT Co-Chair to attend Kalon Tripa Oath Ceremony

August 12, 2011

5 August, 2011

Mr. Matteo Mecacci, Member of Italian Parliament and Co-Chair of International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) will represent the members of INPaT by attending the oath ceremony of the new Kalon Tripa Dr. Lobsang Sangay on 8 August in Dharamsala, India where the Central Tibetan Administration is based.

On this occasion INPaT Co-Chair will convey its members' congratulation, support and cooperation to the newly elected executive head of the Tibetan Government in Exile.  The report of the INPaT Tibetan Election Observation Mission (TEOM) noted that the Tibetan Community in exile, despite being made of a population of only around 180,000 refugees, has been able, over several decades, to nurture a variety of institutions and mechanisms that are increasingly based on the principles of open dialogue and democracy, which makes it a unique experience worldwide. After the holding of direct elections of the Kalon Tripa in 2001 and 2006, this was the first time that the post of the Head of the Tibetan Central Administration was openly contested. The open campaign for the Kalon Tripa was certainly an element that contributed to the increased information and interest of the Tibetan population in the election process.

TEOM aimed not only to lend its support to the democratic institutions of the Tibetan refugee community established during the past 50 years, but also to fully understand the nature and challenges of this unique Tibetan election process conducted worldwide, and convey its findings to the international community and the Tibetan leadership and people. 

INPaT TEOM also noted that the proposal made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the Tibetan Parliament in exile on 10 March, 2011, to amend the Tibetan Charter concerning his institutional and political functions, is in line with international democratic standards concerning the separation between the role of religious authorities and political institutions.

NOTE: 133 Members from 33 worldwide Parliaments who took part in the 5th World Parliamentarians Convention on Tibet (18/19 November 2009, Rome) adopted the “Rome Declaration on Tibet” which constituted the International Network for Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT).

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