Join our Mailing List

"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Tibetan Youth Congress marks 40th founding anniversary

October 12, 2009

Phayul - October 08, 2009 By Phurbu Thinley

Dharamsala, Oct 8: Pro-independence Tibetan Youth Congress on Wednesday
marked its 40th founding anniversary by reaffirming its goal of restoring
Tibet's lost independence.

Members of Tibetan Youth Congress and hundreds of supporters gathered at the
Tibetan Institute of Performing Arts (TIPA) compound to observe an elaborate
ceremonial event that began with Tibetan national anthem and a minute-long
silence observed in memory of Tibetan martyrs.

"We are gathered here today to mark the 40th founding anniversary of the
Tibetan Youth Congress since it was first formed on 7 October, 1970, with
the sole objective of restoring Tibet's lost independence from the
repressive Chinese communist rule," said Mr Tsewang Rigzin, President of the
TYC, in his opening statement.

Describing Tibetan Youth Congress as the largest non-governmental
organization in the exile Tibetan community, Tsewang said the organization
remained more determined than ever to achieve its founding goal of freeing
Tibet from Chinese rule and pledged to carry out series of relevant social,
educational and political activities to further its goals.

Reading from a prepared text statement in Tibetan, Tsewang also appealed
both members and general Tibetan populace, both in and outside Tibet, to
render unyielding support to the organisation and stand united in the
Tibetan freedom struggle.

The organization, while respecting the Dalai Lama's leadership role in the
Tibetan freedom struggle, does not, however, approve the "middle-way
approach" seeking "real and meaningful autonomy" for Tibet as advocated by
the exiled Tibetan Leader and the Tibetan Government-in-Exile based in
Dharamsala in resolving the Tibet issue.

Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament in exile Dolma Gyari was the chief
guest of the anniversary function.

Dolma said Tibetans must draw inspiration from the Indian freedom movement
to put a common front to overcome the challenges faced by the Tibetan
freedom movement.

"Whether we follow the middle-way approach or seek complete independence to
resolve the issue of Tibet, we must not miss the fact that Chinese communist
government is the real and common enemy we are facing," said Dolma. "In a
situation like this, we must not allow our ideological conflict come in the
way of our freedom struggle. If we remain preoccupied with our ideological
stance and create conflict within ourselves it will only contribute division
in the Tibetan community and not towards our freedom struggle," she added.

Urging Tibetans to maintain a strong sense of unity, Dolma went on to insist
various Tibetan NGOs in exile, particularly TYC, to find a way and make
efforts to connect Tibetans in and outside of Tibet, which she said would
benefit greatly to the Tibetan freedom struggle in the long run.

"Indomitable spirit of Tibetans inside Tibet is the strength of the Tibetan
resistance against Chinese rule and we in the exile community must work to
keep that spirit alive," she said.

During the function, the outgoing and the new executive member of the
Regional TYC of Dharamsala were felicitated with Tibetan ceremonial scarves
(Khata).

The Tibetan Youth Congress, which claims some 35,000 registered members
under its 85 regional chapters in 12 countries around the world, has
organized some of the most dramatic "Free Tibet" protests over the years,
often targeting Chinese embassies and consulates in different parts of the
world.

Irked by the organisation's regular protest campaigns around the world,
China has lately, especially after the massive 2008 unrest in Tibet, tried
to denounce the Tibetan pro-independence group by condemning it as a
"violent terrorist" outfits and equating them with Al-Qaeda.

The youth organisation refutes the allegations as being baseless and
unfounded, and discards it as being part of regular Chinese propaganda.

Tibet was forcefully occupied by China after Communist Chinese troops
marched into Tibet in late 1949.

Tibetan spiritual and political leader, the Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959
amidst a mass Tibetan uprising on 10 March in Lhasa against Communist
China's continuing presence in Tibet.
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
Developed by plank