The 6th session of the 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPIE) unanimously passed three resolutions to express solidarity with the Tibetans who set themselves on fire for the cause of Tibet.
A ten day meeting began on September 18, pledging to strengthen their efforts to alleviate the sufferings of Tibetans inside Tibet. TPIE also called for greater support from the international community to urge China to resolve the issue of Tibet through dialogue with the Tibetan leadership.
According to the CTA, the resolution praised the indomitable courage and determination of all those Tibetans who are suffering under the repressive rule of the Chinese government and expressed solidarity with their family members.
The parliament prayed that those who died for the cause of Tibet be reborn in Tibet, immediate release of those suffering imprisonment and fulfilment of Tibetans' aspirations for the return of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Tibet.
The new Chinese leadership must take a realistic approach on the issue of Tibet, the resolution said, adding that it should look into the grievances of all those Tibetans who have set themselves on fire and resolve the Tibet problem through dialogue with the Tibetan leadership based on the Middle-Way Approach.
Expressing deep gratitude to the UN, governments, parliaments and organisations for showing concern over the grim situation in Tibet through resolutions and statements, the Tibetan Parliament called on the international community to translate their words into action.
TPIE called on the international community to press the Chinese government to end its failed policies in Tibet. The parliament reiterated that a fact-finding delegation be send to Tibet and the UN Human Rights Council to convene an urgent session over the critical situation in Tibet.
In his opening remarks, Speaker of TPIE Mr Penpa Tsering said: "A total of 120 Tibetans have set themselves on fire in Tibet since 2009. In view of the deteriorating situation inside Tibet, the parliament will deliberate on ways to find a meaningful solution to the critical situation prevailing inside Tibet."
Expressing solidarity with all those Tibetans who have sacrificed their lives for the Tibetan cause, he said the Tibetan Parliament has organised various campaigns till now and will continue to hold rallies and organise more campaigns to create more awareness and garner international support to end China's repression in Tibet.
The speaker also highlighted His Holiness the Dalai Lama's remarks to the officials of the Central Tibetan Administration on the occasion of Tibetan democracy day on 2 September 2013. "During the address, His Holiness expressed concern over the public servants' indifferent attitude towards the general public. His Holiness urged Tibetan administrators and officials to serve and address the grievances of the Tibetan public as a priority and in a time-bound manner," he said.
We are public servants and it is our duty to serve the general public with our whole hearted determination as advised by His Holiness, he said, adding that the trust of the general Tibetan public towards the Central Tibetan Administration is of utmost importance.
The speaker also expressed his deep concern over individual Tibetan's misuse of their freedom of speech to create furore and confusion among the Tibetan public. Such irresponsible comments by individuals are being used by the Chinese government to malign the Tibetan movement and serves as a hindrance to the Tibetan administration's efforts to find a lasting solution to the crisis inside Tibet, he said.