TWA observe 55th Anniversary of the Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day at Dharamsala
Launched an online petition addressed to Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights
On the 55th Anniversary of the Tibetan Women’s Uprising Day , Tibetan Womens Association (TWA )believes that the Tibetan struggle is not only a political struggle of the Tibetan people against the Chinese Communist regime, but also essentially a struggle against injustices that bears moral weight on the international community to respond to travesty of justice taking place at an unprecedented stage, thus stirring the human conscience. Beginning March 12, TWA launched an online petition addressed to Navanethem Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and Herman Van Rompuy, president of the European Council. The petition urges governments and people of the world to urge China’s government to response to the negotiation extended by the representatives of the Dalai Lama.
Tsering Dolma – Joint Secretary TWA said, “Today, Tibetan women across the globe commemorate this day by offering our deepest respect to human rights defenders across the globe. We pledge to dedicate ourselves to work for human rights, peace, and freedom in Tibet and the other regions of the world where peace is held hostage by brutal regimes.”
She said that this is a request of TWA to the older generation to educate the younger generation about the values that exist in our culture and the younger generation must know and practice the essence of our unique culture. Tibetans in exile should not fail to preserve and promote our culture and tradition while we are struggling for a better livelihood. People inside Tibet endeavor to preserve the culture even under the duress of occupation.
Tenzin Dickey – National P.R.O. TWA said , “With firm affirmation of our faith in the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we pray for his long life. May all the Tibetans be soon united in Tibet.”
The Tibetan Women’s Association (TWA) is the second largest Tibetan Non Governmental Organization (NGO) based in exile India took out a major procession in Dharamsala . TWA is the only Women’s NGO in Tibetan history. Dickey said , “We are today a 16,000 member organization with 56 chapters in four continents; Asia, US. Europe and Australia. TWA’s slogan is ‘Advocacy for Home, Action in Exile.’
She said that TWA dedicates this 55th anniversary to the women inside Tibet. This year, TWA announces a fellowship program for young women in Tibet pursuing professional studies. The fellowship will be imparted to the target group through a reliable international foundation.
TWA also remain gravely concerned about the continued abduction of the XIth Panchen Lama, Gendun Choekyi Nyima who will turn 25 years old this year.