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28 august 2012 001Dharamshala: 28 August, 2012: An 'International Rangzen Conference' will be held in Dharamshala, northern India, the heart of the exiled Tibetan community to mark exactly 100 years since Tibet proclaimed the restoration of its Independence in 1913, Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) president Mr Tsewang Rigzin said Tuesday, August 28, 2012, during a press conference at the organisation's head office here.


During their 14th General Body Meeting, the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) unanimously agreed to organize a 2013 International Rangzen Conference to coincide with the date that marks the 100 years since His Holiness the 13th Dalai Lama issued the independence of Tibet.

Three members including vice president of the largest Tibetan organisation in exile will start an indefinite hunger strike campaign for Tibet in New Delhi, the capital of India from 3 September, 2012 to highlight the current tsense situation in Tibet. Rigzin said that the decision for the campaign was also made during their working committee meeting recently held in the Tibetan settlement 'Bir.'

There will be series of international meetings preceding the final Rangzen Conference locating in the following regions throughout the world: North America, East Asia, Europe, the Pacific, India, Nepal and Bhutan. These events will focus with topics relating to the goals and strategies on restoring the independence of Tibet, as well as developing the confidence and achievements of Rangzen (‘freedom') advocates.

The previous meeting for Europe was held on 23-24 July, 2011 in Zurich, Switzerland in collaboration with the Tibetan Youth Association Europe (TYAE), resolving in the decision to create a Rangzen emblem. Furthermore, they decided to host a competition to see who can create the most meaningful and powerful emblem that can be used to represent the ‘Freedom" movement. Winner will be awarded 50,000 Rupees in cash prize.

Future preliminary meetings will take place in the following dates and locations:

1. 27-28 October, 2012 - East Asia and the Pacific conference in Taiwan in collaboration with the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress, Taiwan.

2. 24-25 November, 2012 - India, Nepal, and Bhutan conference in New Delhi in collaboration with the Regional TYC, Samyeling and Rohini.

3. December 2012 - North America Region conference in New York in collaboration with Regional TYC, New York and New Jersey.

4. 13 February 2013 - Final International Rangzen Conference will be held in Dharamshala, India to coincide with the actual date of the proclamation of independence by HH the 13th Dalai Lama 100 years ago. It will be in collaboration with Regional TYC, Dharamshala.

Rangzen supporters are welcomed to attend any of the conferences mentioned above.

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