Some Thoughts on Recent Discussions

It is disappointing to see where our political discourse is headed to. Instead of being directed towards Beijing, it is sadly directed towards His Holiness. Even the old guards seem to have vanished. I don’t get the same old feeling I used to get back in the 1970’s and 90’s at Gangchen Kyishong.

With much respect for people like Jamyang Norbu la, I wish he would go to Dharamsala and shoulder the responsibility of leading the movement there or lead the youth into Tibet and stage a struggle from there. The day he does that, I will be the first one to work under his leadership.

We need action right now and not lofty words.

We need to come together, work together and get our words and action against the Chinese leaders and bring out a genuine solution at this critical moment in our history and struggle.

Recently Lodi Gyari Rinporche was interview on REF regard to his late article. He did an excellent explanation of the Tibetan position and TYC witch will clarify many of the misunderstandings and unclearity among our supporters. I have requested the REF to do a transcript of the interview and translation and to distribute that. I think it will be helpful to understand more about the background of exile community establishment. Last but least we Tibetans inside and outside Tibet is very grateful to have a leader like his holiness Dalai Lama who have guided us with nonviolence and kept Tibetans struggle alive. Thanks to him Tibets struggle is not forgotten and is known to the world.

Here is the program:

Dear friends, Tibetans are very grateful to all our supporters who have support us through difficult time, at the same time please remember that Tibetans will decide the best solution for Tibet.

Warm regards


My health is getting better day by day.

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Sharing A Must Read Article by Gyari Rinpoche

Gyari Rinpoche

I’m sharing the recent article written by Gyari Rinpoche, an article which I fully agree with. I think it is very well written.

I would also like to mention a few words about Rinphoche. I have been very fortunate to work with him, and also under him, for many years. I would say that he is one of few Tibetan officials that from the very beginning of our exile who has worked very hard. He also inspired many of us to take an active part in the struggle. He has good diplomatic skills and is respected by many officials worldwide.

I, with due respect to Jamyang Norbu, do read his articles, but I wish that he with such great knowledge would lead more young Tibetans in the right direction for our struggle. Jamyang Norbu la should have constructive suggestions for the struggle, rather than criticising His Holiness who has done so much for the Tibetan people, and who has kept the Tibetan struggle alive after so many years. He has also kept the Tibetan people together. We are lucky to have such a great leader, despite our current situation. There is too much criticism towards His Holiness. His Holiness is the leader and a symbol of the Tibetan people inside and outside of Tibet.

Here are the links to Gyari Rinpoche’s article which I encourage everyone to read.

Status and position of the Tibetan Youth Congress when it was initially established, and some issues pertaining to the just cause of Tibetan struggle:

༈ བོད་ཀྱི་གཞོན་ནུ་ལྷན་ཚོགས་ཐོག་མར་བཙུགས་སྐབས་ཀྱི་གནས་སྟངས་དང་ ལངས་ཕྱོགས། དེ་བཞིན་བོད་དོན་བདེན་པའི་འཐབ་རྩོད་དང་ འབྲེལ་བའི་གནད་དོན་གལ་འགངས་ཆེ་བ་ཁག་གཅིག


Update and Woeser La’s Article About Me

I’m so touched by all the kind messages I have received since I announced my resignation from the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. It has been especially touching to hear from old friends and Tibet supporters I have not seen in many years. I am getting better with time. I am doing physical training every day and getting full medical care at home.

Something that has really lifted my spirits has been seeing Woeser la’s wonderful article about me that she wrote for Radio Free Asia. It is online in Tibetan and Chinese. Here is the link to the official English translation done by High Peaks Pure Earth:

I do regard Woeser la very highly and am grateful for her statement on me and my work for the Tibet movement. Actually I think she has done more than any of us in the movement and under such difficult circumstances. She has reached out to many Chinese people with her blog. We need more people like her in China, then we might have more hope.

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Announcement of Resignation from the Tibetan Parliament in Exile

Press Release, 18 March 2014, Oslo

On 17 March, 2014, I informed Speaker Penpa Tsering la, the Deputy Speaker and Secretary Mr Topgyal la of my resignation from the Tibetan Parliament in Exile. I expressed to them my gratitude and pride of having served as the representative for the Tibetans living in Europe. However, due to the deterioration in my health condition I regret that I am unable to continue to carry out the many responsibilities of a Chitue.

During my tenure, I have enjoyed the support of the Tibetans living in Europe and the Tibetan communities. I feel blessed to have had the opportunity to initiate and coordinate some major initiatives for Tibet in Europe. In 2012, at the height of the self-immolations in Tibet, Tibetan communities in Europe and Tibet supporters joined their hands to hold a European Solidarity Rally in Vienna. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay as well as old friends such as Bernard Kouchner (ex-foreign minister of France) inspired the crowd of 10,000 people not to give up and reminded Europe of its responsibility for Tibet. This historic event was followed by the 10 March Rally combined with a Tibet Lobby Day in the institutions of the European Union in Brussels.

I would like to thank my colleague Ven. Thubten Wangchen la for the good working cooperation we have enjoyed,  for his trust and for all his moral support in hard times. I’d like to thank Oystein Alme of Voice of Tibet for all his help here in Oslo over the years. Oystein has been a long time Tibet friend and I greatly appreciate him as a colleague and a friend. I hope that he continues his engagement and hard work. I’d also like to thank Dechen Pemba for her help over the years and greatly appreciate her work with High Peaks Pure Earth to promote Tibetan voices from inside Tibet. I request everyone to support this work and the work of young Tibetans, they are the ones who keep me motivated and give me hope for the future.

My biggest thanks and gratitude goes to my husband Michael Koren who has shown limitless understanding for my undertakings and without whose support I could have not done my Tibet work.

I will continue to work for Tibet and always keep Tibet in my heart, especially the people inside Tibet. I will keep working for Tibet until my last breath until we achieve our goal. It is my hope to join my fellow Tibet activists again, those friends I have worked with in Norway for so many years, and those friends of Tibet I had the pleasure to meet during my time as His Holiness’ representative in Geneva. We need courageous people around the world who fight for justice and for the rights of those who suffer from injustice and repression. I’d like to thank all of you for your support and dedication. I encourage you to keep up the great work you have been doing until now supporting Tibet.

I have no interest in holding on to the Chitue title without being able to carry out my duties, therefore I see this also an opportunity for new people to come forward with new ideas and new energy. I apologise that I have not been able to fulfill the full term of the Chitue but my health simply does not allow. Please offer your generous support to my successor. I wish him all the best and encourage him to use this opportunity to come up with fresh ideas in order to realise our dream to live as a free people in this world.

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Touching Comments on Facebook from Young Tibetans

As many of you know my health recently has not been good. I am resting for a while but wanted to share this post that I saw on Facebook. I’d like to thank Migmar la for her touching words. This was a big surprise and has given me strength to work more and I hope my health will allow this.

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Questions and Suggestions for Parliament

Update September 29, 2013: I have since heard from Dhardon Sharling la that since I am not personally in the house, no second person is allowed to ask questions on my behalf.


Since I am currently unable to attend the Parliament session in Dharamsala, I have asked MP Dhardon Sharling la to ask the questions on my behalf and am awaiting the answers.


Questions and Suggestions from European Chithue Chungdak Koren

1) Universal Periodic Review (UPR)

– The UPR is an important UN mechanism that we should be closely following. In the past, Tibetans have been able to achieve a high visibility at the UN and we have sent delegations eg World Conference against Racism in 2001. We used to participate in NGO sessions and also hold trainings.

Nowadays, China is sending lots of delegations and the Tibetan presence is diminishing. Are we submitting shadow reports to the UPR? Why do we still have no UN expert in the Geneva office? Why are we not using resources available to us in Europe and tapping into talented young Tibetans who could follow the UN closely?

To the Kashag:

1) Dialogue with PRC

– Up till now there has been no dialogue with PRC. There needs to be at least the possibility of a dialogue with PRC otherwise Tibetans will all feel frustrated. Under the previous Administration and Special Envoy there used to at least be contact with China. It is well know that Sikyong at Harvard organised meetings and conferences to bring Tibetans and Chinese together. Has Sikyong used his personal contacts and network of scholars in order to bring about dialogue?

– New Task Force members need not only be fluent in Chinese language but we need to include Tibetans who know China and can offer analytical skills such as Tseten Wangchuk of VOA and Dr. Tashi Rabgey and Dr. Losang Rabgey from Canada. Why are we not using these kinds of Tibetans in the Task Force?

2) Constructive Criticism

– The Middle Way has been a clear policy since the first proposal in 1987 in Strasbourg so there must still be misunderstanding about it that need to be addressed due to the recent criticisms.

However, what’s important is that instead of excluding critics, we should be including them and inviting them to air and exchange views. These people might have constructive suggestions and their inputs could be of great value. We always need to retain an open mind when it comes to criticism.


Conclusion of 15th Tibetan Parliament in Exile

The 5th Session of 15th Tibetan parliament in exile concluded on March 28.
Here is an interview with Speaker Penpa Tsering with an overview of the Session.

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Press Release from the Brussels Rally Organizing Committee

European Solidarity Rally for Tibet – 10 March 2013

Tibetans and Supporters Commemorate 1959 Uprising and call for concrete EU-Action

11 am – Start at Gare Nord; 1.30 pm Gathering at Le Mont des Arts

More than 27 Tibetan Community Associations, representing European citizens of Tibetan origin from across Europe, are organizing a mass solidarity rally in Brussels on 10 March 2013 to commemorate the 54th Tibetan National Uprising Day of 1959.

Nearly 5,000 Tibetans from several European countries and friends of Tibet from different parts of Europe are expected to converge in Brussels on 10 March to express their solidarity with Tibetans inside Tibet, highlight the tragic situation and the self-immolation crisis in Tibet and seek support of the European Union and its Member States for the non-violent freedom struggle of the Tibetan people.

On that day, a grand peace march will start from Gare du Nord at 11.30 a.m and will culminate at Le Mont des Arts in Brussels city centre where a mass rally will be held throughout the afternoon (1.30/2 pm). A wide range of guest speakers from the Central Tibetan Administration, the European Parliament and prominent personalities from Europe will address the rally. On 7 and 8 March, young Tibetan activists and friends of Tibet will engage in lobbying at the European Parliament to apprise them of the current situation inside Tibet and to call upon them to engage in practical steps to support the issue of Tibet.

Since 2009, 107 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in protest against the Chinese government’s repressive policies in Tibet. The most recent were two young Tibetans Tsesung Kyab and Phagmo Dhondup who self-immolated on 24 and 25 February 2013. The messages these protesters have left behind are testaments to their motivations and aspirations of freedom for the Tibetan people and the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.

Restive areas of Tibet are being kept under strict military control and journalists, tourists and other visitors are not allowed to visit Tibet. Criminal prosecutions are being carried out to target the families and friends of those self-immolating. It is evident that Beijing is attempting to contain this new force of resistance through ever more draconian measures.

The spate of self-immolations in Tibet is one of the most drastic forms of political protests the world has witnessed in the past 60 years. We still continue to see no end to it. In response, Chinese government continues to blame His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the outside forces for these acts of self immolations, and continues to impose hard line policies of repressions on the Tibetan people which further fuel dissent and cause such drastic acts of protests by the Tibetans. The self-immolations expose a crisis in the Beijing leadership’s Tibet policy and there is an urgent need for a fundamental change in its approach vis-a vis Tibet.

The European Parliament has adopted an impressive number of resolutions on Tibet and the EU’s High Representative, Lady Ashton, has also issued statements expressing deep concern about the violations of human rights in Tibet and displaying support and solidarity with the people of Tibet. We greatly value the support and are deeply grateful for the expression of concern, support and solidarity by the European Union. However, what has been lacking so far are sustained and coordinated efforts with a clear political strategy and agenda. The EU-China Human Rights dialogue has failed to produce any tangible results in the past 17 years since the start of this dialogue in 1995. During this period the human rights situation in China in general and particularly in Tibet has worsened significantly.

We, therefore, appeal to the European Union and its Member States to:

  • Urge China to review its failed hardline policies in Tibet and address the genuine grievances of the Tibetan people by resolving the issue of Tibet through dialogue.

  • Urge China to allow unfettered access to Tibet for the media, the United Nations and International fact-finding delegations to investigate and report on the real causes behind the self-immolations;

  • To instruct EU Special Representative for Human Rights to seek access to Tibet and to undertake a fact-finding mission to Tibetan areas on a priority basis;

  • To appoint an EU Special Coordinator for Tibetan Affairs with the primary task of encouraging and facilitating a dialogue between the envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the Chinese government with the aim of finding a mutually acceptable peaceful resolution of the issue of Tibet;

The organizing Committee for the 10th March European Solidarity Rally

Points of Contact:
– Vincent Metten, International Campaign for Tibet, EU Policy Director (media coordinator), Contact Cell Phone +32 (0) 473990440, Office +32 26094412
– Mr. Tashi , Media contact ( Tibetan), Contact No. +31 684 933832
– Mr. Lobsang Gangshontsang, Media contact ( English), Contact No. +41794423405
– Mr. Thupten Gyatso, Media Contact (French), Contact No. + 33680729054

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Tibet at “Human Rights Human Wrongs” Film Festival in Oslo on February 7

Human Right and Human Wrongs Film Festival, Oslo, 5-10 February 2013


The Human Rights Human Wrongs Film Festival (HRHW) is organised by The Human Rights House Oslo and Oslo Dokumentarkino (the Oslo Documentary Cinema). The first version of the festival was organized in December 2008 to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration.

The Tibet film evening is on 7th February with three Tibetan films. HRHW 2013, Norwegian Tibet Committee and Voice of Tibet welcomes you to a whole evening packed with interesting films and discussions. The evening will entail several movies and a debate about the situation in Tibet and Tibetans in exile. Every film will be followed by discussion with panel and audience. Members on panel are Ngawang Choephel (Director for Songs in Tibet), Chungdak Koren and Øystein Alme. We look forward to seeing you at Cinemateket on February 7.

Tibet Night part 1: Two films and debate at 5pm.
Tibet Night part 2: Film “Tibet in Song” at 9pm.

All the events will take place at Cinemateket/ Filmens Hus, screening room “Lillebil”. Cinemateket is located at Dronningens gate 16.

Tibet Night Part 1: Film no. 1: LEAVING FEAR BEHIND (Dhondup Wangchen, Tibet 2008, 23 min)

The filmmakers travelled thousands of miles in Tibet, asking and filming what ordinary Tibetans really feel about their situation, about China and about the Dalai Lama. The answers are frank and powerful. The filmmakers were arrested after finishing the film.

Sign the petition for Dhondup Wangchen’s release!


Chinese authorities say that the Tibetans are living happy and prosperous live fully enjoying religious, cultural and social rights and freedom of expression. On the contrary the Tibetans claim that “Everything Tibetan” is under attack and call China’s repressive policies “cultural genocide”. Whom are we to believe – and what is the real situation in Tibet right now?”

Tibet Night Part 1: Film no. 2: THE SUN BEHIND THE CLOUDS (80 min)

(Ritu Sarin and Tenzin Sonam, Tibet 2009, 80 min)

This film is a potent update on 50 years of Tibetan struggle. The Sun Behind the Clouds looks at China’s occupation of Tibet from the perspective of the vocally secessionist Tibetan youth, and from that of their spiritual leader H.H. The Dalai Lama.

Tibet Night part 2: TIBET IN SONG (Ngawang Choephel, Tibet 2009, 86 min) Cinemateket/ Filmens Hus kl 21.00

In cooperation with the Norwegian Tibet Committee and Voice of Tibet.

Tibet – a cultural genocide? Tibet in Song is a heartbreaking tale of cultural imperialism, exploitation and resistance. The film provides a raw and uncensored look at how China aims to transform Tibetan culture. The film is giving voice to Tibetans engaged in the fight for their cultural heritage and speaking out against Chinese policies. Ngawang Choepel was sentenced to 18 years in prison for making this film. He was released after six years of relentless protests from, among others, Amnesty International and his own family. Tibet in Song is a heartening tale of cultural exploitation and resistance, including Ngawang’ own imprisonment for filming folk songs in Tibet, and ends with a look at Tibet today, a country still plagued by Chinese brutality, yet still willing to fight for the existence of its own cultural heritage. The film celebrates the traditional Tibetan folk music and encompasses a harrowing journey into the past fifty years of cultural repression inside Chinese controlled Tibet.

Introduction and Q&A with film director Ngawang Choephel.

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Discussing Tibet and Europe on VOA’s Kunleng TV Show

I have recently returned to Norway from visiting Washington DC for International Campaign for Tibet Europe and USA’s board meeting. Whilst in DC I was invited to Voice of America’s Kunleng talk show to discuss the Tibet movement in Europe. Below is the recording of Kunleng.

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