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Ninth session of 15th Tibetan Parliament concludes in Dharamsala

March 30, 2015

Central Tibetan Administration, March 28, 2015 - The 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile successfully concluded its 9th session today following intense deliberations on the budget of the Central Tibetan Administration and the situation inside Tibet.

In his concluding remarks, Mr. Penpa Tsering, Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, gave a brief overview of the proceedings that took place during the 9th session, and appealed everyone to respect the verdicts passed by the parliament based on democratic principles.

He lauded the parliamentarians for their wholehearted participation in the discussions, yet at the same time, emphasised the need to abstain from baseless personal remarks.

He urged the public to exercise restraint while practising the democratic right of free speech in social media or any other forms of communication, as it may demoralise Tibetans inside Tibet. “Rather, we emphatically appeal that everyone stand together, turn in the same direction, and direct their efforts at achieving the common desires of the Tibetan people both in Tibet and in exile,” he said.

He also advised Tibetans to gather in large numbers at official functions and teachings. “Even though we now have the facility of live telecast of the functions and teaching proceedings, it is better if we personally attend. Our gatherings in large numbers send a strong signal to China of our unity and would also serve as a source of inspiration for the Tibetans inside Tibet,” the Speaker said.

The ninth session of the parliament began on 16 March.

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