Dharamshala: - On December 10th, International Human Rights Day, the Tibetan Parliament in exile delivered a petition to United Nations officials in Delhi showing more than 357, 000 signatures from around the world in favor of the UN intervening in the Tibet issue.

The petition was signed by citizens of more than ninety nations including politicians, as part of the Tibetan Parliament's Flame of Truth Relay. This movement, started in July of 2012, was put in place by the Tibetan government in exile to raise awareness about the increasing number of self-immolations inside Tibet.

The petition, which filled 119 books, was delivered to UN officials, with hope that the UN will help foster a solution for the situation in Tibet. The petition encouraged the UN to act on past resolutions regarding Tibet and to send observers into Tibet to further investigate the situation.

Dharamshala: - In commemoration of the ‘Twenty Fifth Years in Exile’ since its establishment, Gu Chu Sum Movement of Tibet, a former political prisoners association marks its 25th founding anniversary in exile, pays heartfelt tribute to Tibetan martyrs for their sacrifices in 1987 which also continues to keep the struggle of Tibet alive.

The event ceremony held early morning at 7.30am with prayers followed by an elaborate incense burning ceremony at Lhagyal-ri in Dharamshala, India. The chief guest former political prisoner, Ama Adhe re-luanched its website.

Tibetans across Dharamshala gathered to honour those who perished at the hands of the Chinese during the peaceful 1987 Lhasa uprising and to remember those who lost their lives during the protest.

Past many years, the organisation has published many books related the biographies of ex-political prisoners as well as literature on political awareness and the plight of prisoners in Tibet. Ama Adhe also launched a new book, ex-political prisoner Tsering Dhondup's biography.

"This day marks an important anniversary in the struggle for Tibetan freedom. Twenty-five years ago on the 27th September 1987 Lhasa the capital of Tibet witnessed the beginning of the largest and most significant uprisings since 1959," the group said in a statement released on Spet. 27, 2012.

Dharamshala: - The 15th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Thursday, September 20, 2012 amended the title of Kalon Tripa to Sikyong (Political Leader) in Article 19 of the Charter of the Tibetans in exile and relevant articles.

However, after this amendment, title Kalon (minister) for the remaining members of the Kashag (cabinet) will continue to remain the same.

The landmark charter amendment motion, tabled in the floor of the House was unanimously approved after deliberations by members of the Parliament.

The charter amendment bill number 39 was introduced by Kalon (minister) of security Dhongchung Ngodup on the seventh day of the fourth session of the 15th Tibetan parliament-in-exile.

The name change has been effected following His Holiness the Dalai Lama's speech on August 8, 2011. Following the devolution of his political authority to the democratically-elected Tibetan leadership, the Tibetan spiritual leasder had said that he was handing over the political leadership he inherited from Taktra Rinpoche to Lobsang Sangay, the first democratically-elected Sikyong.

"I took over the political leadership of Tibet from Sikyong Taktra Rinpoche, when I was 16 years old. Today, in the 21st century, when democracy is thriving, I hand over the political leadership of Tibet to Sikyong Lobsang Sangay," the Tibetan leader had said.

Dharamshala: On Saturday evening of September 8, hundreds gathered around the Havis Amanda statue in Finland for a protest demonstration in support of the Tibetan cause.

The demonstration began at the center of Market Square in Helsinki, passed through Senate Square, and continued along the Parliament House. Anyone who is in either support of Tibetan independence or autonomy was encouraged to participate.

In addition, those who joined in the march also paid tribute and remembered previous Tibetans who committed self-immolations to protest Chinese oppression in their country.

Dharamshala: - Eleven Tibetan NGOs invited Tibetan reporters to attend a press conference on September 6 at Bhagsu Hotel in Dharamsala, northern India, in response to recent alleged accusations against His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet.

The eleven NGOs claimed that accusations that His Holiness has 'withdrawn' (Tibetan: 'shirdu') the Tibetan government-in-exile had been circulated by some individual Tibetans and the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC).

However, when questioned by reporters, the NGOs said they did not have any direct evidence that the TYC had made any statement to this effect, but rather that they were referring to a speech made by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The controversy has arisen against the backdrop of the Tibetan parliament-in-exile's decision to refer to itself as an 'administration'' as opposed to a government.

The eleven plaintive NGOs were: U-Tsang Cholka, Chushi Gangdruk, Dhome Cholka, Dharamshala Dhotoe Cholka, Chigdril Tsokpa, Ngari Chithun Tsokpa, Cholsum Tsokpa, Chabsi Tsondrol Tsokpa, Tsongkhang Kyiduk, Sakhang Kyiduk and Umei Lam Mimang Legulkhang.

On 7 June 2011, TYC vowed to "respect and continue to recognise and retain the name of 'Tibetan Government-in-exile'', at a press conference held at its headquarters, and issued a statement saying it was "highly critical of the 14th Tibetan Parliament-in-exile's decision to change the name of the Tibetan Government-in-exile to Organisation of the Tibetan People."

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