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2 september 2010

Hon. Mr. Penpa Tsering
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile
Gangchen Kyishong
Dharamsala, India
2 September, 2010

Honorable Mr. Penpa Tsering,

On the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, the International Network of Parliamentarians for Tibet (INPaT) would like to send our congratulations and warm greetings to the Tibetan Parliament and people.

During the past 50 years the Tibetan people in exile have made much progress in the democratization process. These include the promulgation of the Draft Constitution of Tibet on 10 March, 1963, the implementation of increased democratic governance through initiatives and public discussion, realized on 14 June 1991, and the promulgation of the Charter of Tibetans-in-Exile, based on the spirit of the UN Universal Declaration on Human Rights, guaranteeing all Tibetans equality before the law and enjoyment of rights and freedom without discrimination on the basis of sex, religion, race, language and social origin, and designating a clear separation of power among the three organs of the administration: judiciary, legislature and executive.

We recognize and applaud the farsighted vision of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in implementing and encouraging the reform of the Tibetan political system and the democratization of governance, both during the brief time in Tibet and in exile.

We also wish to stress the importance of the continued and reiterated support by Tibetan institutions in exile to advocacy and activism based on the principles of nonviolence to achieve legitimate political goals. It is indeed remarkable, and we wish to acknowledge it, the enduring strength of these nonviolent convictions of the Tibetan people inside and outside Tibet, even when faced with harsh measures of repression.
We, therefore, recognize the necessity for all relevant institutions involved in reaching a just solution for the Tibetan people, starting with the Chinese Government, to work with the Tibetan institutions in exile have shown a leadership capacity based on the principles of nonviolence and on the respect of international norms.

We, commend the people and the Government of India for their continued support to the Tibetan people in your effort to preserve and promote your distinct identity, culture and religious tradition.

INPaT is a network of parliamentarians in more than 30 countries who share the common respect for His Holiness the Dalai Lama, appreciation of Tibetan people and your distinct heritage, and who are committed to ensuring that the Tibetans in Tibet and outside have the opportunity to preserve and promote them in your own distinct way.

We wish the Tibetan people continued success in all your endeavors.

Hon. Matteo Mecacci, Co-Chair, INPaT, Working Group
Hon. Thomas Mann, Co-Chair, INPaT Working Group

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