16th Parliament Concludes 3rd Session, Pledges to Reenergise Global Tibet Movement.

March 25, 2017

Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile concluding the session with the customary hammer on the anvil, 25 March 2017.

DHARAMSHALA: DHARAMSHALA: The 16th Tibetan Parliament today concluded its third session following eleven days of comprehensive deliberations and discussions on CTA's budget for the financial year 2017 - 18 and the situation inside Tibet. During the proceedings, the parliament approved a consolidated budget of 2,43,98,02,997 proposed by the Kashag for the activities and functions of the various departments and offices of the Central Tibetan Administration.

In his concluding remarks, Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel expressed his satisfaction at the wholehearted participation of the parliamentarians and emphasised that the budget passed should be implemented effectively to fulfill the stated objectives.

Welcoming the recommendations proposed by the electoral reforms committee constituted by the Kashag, he thanked the committee for its in-depth analysis and constant correspondence with the public to solicit their suggestions and opinions on the matter.

Keeping in view Kashag's resistance to the recommendations, the Speaker acknowledged the Kashag's concerns but underlined that the result of an election is much more of significance than the proceedings.

"The mudslinging that happens during the long campaign period is painful and detrimental to the image of the Tibetan people. However, it would be even more catastrophic if the election produces an incompetent and divisive figure due to lack of proper screening. Therefore, I urge everyone to respect the recommendations of the committee," he pleaded.

The speaker further reminded the parliamentarians that they are oath-bound to work in the interest of the Tibetan people and urged them to refrain from petty personal remarks.

"While the overall conduct of the parliament is noteworthy, isolated incidents where parliamentarians resort to personal remarks and, naming and shaming of individuals do happen. Therefore, I strongly suggest them to respect the formalities of the parliament and serve with the interest of six million Tibetan people in mind," he said.

The Speaker also highlighted the deteriorating political and human rights situation inside Tibet particularly the latest self immolation protest of Pema Gyaltsen. He promised that the Tibetan parliament will exert extra efforts to galvanise the global Tibet movement and alleviate the sufferings of the Tibetans inside Tibet. In that regard, he called on the Chinese government to reform their failed policies in Tibet and address the genuine aspirations of the Tibetan people.

Speaker Khenpo Sonam Tenphel of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile concluding the session with the customary hammer on the anvil, 25 March 2017.

The Speaker expressed the parliament's commitment towards dialogue and urged China to resume the stalled Sino-Tibetan dialogue to resolve the Tibet issue peacefully.

The session began on 14 March.