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.