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Tibetan Legal Association Formed

1 July Dharamshala : The three-day conference of members of the Tibetan legal fraternity organised by the Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission here successfully concluded on 30 June with the inception of ‘Tibetan Legal Association’ as a non-governmental organisation. Five executive members of the association were elected and its aims and objectives were formulated.

One of the primary aims of the association is to provide free legal assistance to the poor and needy Tibetans and local Indians.

It will also employ legal measures in its efforts to seek the international community’s support on the issue of Tibet.

In his closing remarks, Chief Justice Commissioner Ngawang Phelgyal Gyechen said an eight-point recommendation on ways to make members of the Tibetan legal fraternity work in the Tibetan community formulated during the conference would be send to concerned CTA offices for implementation.

The participants received an audience with His Holiness the Dalai Lama on 29 June. In his hour-long address, His Holiness the Dalai Lama emphasised the importance and the responsibility of the newly-formed Tibetan Legal Association to provide legal assistance to poor and needy Tibetans and local Indians.

His Holiness said Tibetans can fight for their autonomy rights if they research and study the rights for minority communities enshrined in the Chinese laws. He said that when a big change takes place, the Tibetan Legal Association could make necessary contribution to both Chinese and Tibetan community.

The Tibetan Legal Association will be based in Dharamsala. It will complete the formulation of its regulation and registration in early 2014, and then hold its annual conference.

Forty-one participants from a group of 29 Tibetan lawyers and 27 students studying law in different colleges in India participated in the conference. A survey done by the Office of Tibetan Supreme Justice Commission has found a total of 98 Tibetan lawyers and law students across the world, including 56 in India and 43 in 7 foreign countries (22 law graduates in America and 3 in Canada, 10 law graduates and students in Switzerland, 4 law graduates in England, 1 law graduate in France, 1 in Spain and 1 in Australia)

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