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Tibet-Taiwan-HRNTT-2016Dharamshala -- A delegation from the newly founded "The Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan" (HRNTT) said they hope that the Taiwan based Network will bolster support and understanding for Tibet at the highest levels.

HRNTT also had an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama, where they invited His Holiness to visit Taiwan.

The newly founded HRNTT held its first press conference at Lhakpa Tsering Hall in Dharamshala, on September 5th to announce its collaboration with the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile through institution of All Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet in the Taiwan Parliament and various startup projects with Tibetan settlement offices in India.

Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan (HRNTT) is a coalition comprising Taiwan-based NGOs with diverse human rights concerns. Its members include Tibetan and Taiwanese social activists, college professors, writers, students and legislators, who have been a long-time supporters of the Tibetan cause.

A total of 11 members attended the press conference, including two legislators: Tshiong-tso Lim, Legislator and founding leader of New Power Party and Kolas Yotaka, Legislator of Democratic Progressive Party in Taiwan.

Addressing the media, founder of the Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan, Mr Tashi Tsering announced, "The members of Human Rights Network for Tibet and Taiwan is pleased to announce its collaboration with the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile through institution of All-Party Parliamentary Group for Tibet in the Taiwanese Parliament, to bolster support and understanding for Tibet at the highest levels."

Speaking on new projects and collaborations with the Tibetan settlements in India, Professor Song-Lih Huang, Secretary General of Taiwan International Medical Alliance and Convenor of Convenants Watch stated, "We have formalized a few concrete projects, focused on creating education opportunities for Tibetan students to study in Taiwan in post graduate programs. The HRNTT will communicate with the Taiwan government in order to reduce barriers for Tibetan students to pursue postgraduate education in Taiwan."

"The second project is to publish a Tibetan newspaper for children in Tibetan settlements across India. The objective is to encourage Tibetan children to preserve their language and to provide them platforms to develop their skills and ability."

Other speakers included Legislator Kolas Yotaka, representative of indigenous peoples of Taiwan, Democratic Progressive Party, Tshiong-tso Lim, also known as Freddy Lim, Legislator of New Power Party and a long time Tibet supporter, Mr Lobsang Dakpa, member of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile.

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