Mr Dhondup(R) with Mongolian Foreign Affairs Minister, Mr Enkhbold N.(Photo: Dhondup Dorjee/TYC)
Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia): A historic resolution accepting Tibet as an independent state was passed at the recently concluded three-day International Union of Socialist Youth (IUSY) Asia - Pacific Committee Meeting held in the Mongolian Capital, Ulaanbaatar.
Among other things, the resolution accepts Tibet as an independent State and condemns the illegal occupation of Tibet.
The meeting, which was held from June 8 to 10, 2007, was hosted in the in the Official Meeting hall of Mongolian Ministry of Foreign Affairs Building in Ulaanbaatar.
More than 25 delegates representing around 10 different Countries from the Asia - Pacific Region participated in the meeting. Mr. Dhondup Dorjee, Information Secretary of Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), represented Tibet during the meeting.
The key Agenda of the meeting was "How Social Democracy can counter Neo Liberalism in Asia – Pacific".
On the inaugural session, Mr. Enkhbold N., Mongolian Foreign Affairs Minister and Mr. Lundeejantsan D., Deputy Speaker of Mongolian Parliament addressed the meeting by highlighting their government's initiatives and economic policies carried out in Mongolia. Mr. Zandanshatar, President of the Mongolian Democratic Socialist Youth Union and also a Members of Parliament talked about the importance of socialist democratic ideals and the achievements of MDSYU.
Representing Tibet at the IUSY Meeting in Mongolia (Photo: Dhondup Dorjee/TYC)
A country-wise report on Tibet was presented by the Tibetan delegate on the second day. After presenting a brief historical background on Tibet, Mr Dhodup talked mainly about the developments scenario within Tibet in the recent past and activities of the Tibetan Youth Congress. A five-point resolution on Tibet was then passed unanimously except, the resolution number (IV), which was objected only by the ethnic Han Chinese, Mr. Anthony Loke.
In the afternoon session of the second day, an open discussion on ‘China and engaging with the Chinese Communist Youth Organization’ was tabled. From the discussion, almost every representative objected to the idea of including China as a member of IUSY, including the chairperson himself Mr. Anthony.
The delegates from India, Burma, Nepal and others suggested the importance of engaging with China but, without undermining the IUSY’s resolutions passed on Tibet and its guiding principles.
Expressing his views, Mr Dorjee spoke on the importance of engaging with China and not isolating it completely. He, however, objected to the very idea of engaging with the Youth Organization of Chinese Communist Party (CCP), which he said is completely controlled and administered by the communist Party itself. He further elaborated on the working mandates and nature of NGOs in China. He pointed out that by engaging with such Chinese organizations, which do not have people’s mandate, it would directly contradict with the principles and values that are being advocated by IUSY.
During and after the meeting, the Tibetan representative met academicians from Mongolian Buddhist University and other influential personalities of the country to press them on the need to support the cause of Tibetan freedom struggle and to further relations between the youths of Mongolia and Tibetans in exile. Following are the five points of the resolution on Tibet passed by the IUSY Asia-Pacific meeting:
1. To accept Tibet as an independent State and condemn the illegal occupation of Tibet.
2. To stop the demographic transformation policy of China which results in the large influx of Chinese into Tibet particularly after the Gormo – Lhasa Railway network.
3. To call upon the United Nations to resume the debate based on its resolution passed in 1959, 1961 and 1965 on Tibet.
4. To pressurize for the boycott of 2008 Beijing Olympic as China continue genocide in Tibet and pursue it’s imperialist ambitions threatening peace in Asia and the world at large.
5. To help restore human rights in Tibet and support the freedom movement of Tibetan people and to put pressure on China for the unconditional release of all political prisoners in Tibet including Panchen Lama and Tulku Tenzin Delek.