The 17th Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, which convened on 11-12 October, have confirmed three ministers to President Penpa Tsering’s Cabinet while rejecting his two other nominations.
Refugees and exile
The Nepali government failed to commit to respecting and protecting the rights of Tibetan refugees in the country, FIDH and International Campaign for Tibet denounced today during the United Nations Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
Penpa Tsering took over today as the new president of the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala, India at a simple ceremony on account of COVID-19 lockdown rules in place in India.
The Tibetan Election Commission formally declared former Speaker Penpa Tsering as the next president of the Central Tibetan Administration, which provides democratic governance for Tibetans in exile. The president is known as the “Sikyong” in the Tibetan language.
Tibetans in exile have elected Penpa Tsering as their next political leader, in a two stage election, the second of which was held on April 11, 2021. More than 60,000 Tibetans (out of the 83,079 registered voters) voted in this election showing a voter turnout of over 70 per cent.
On 11 April 2021, Tibetans in the free world will participate in the final elections to select their political leader, known as the sikyong, and 45 members of their parliament.
With the announcement this week of candidates for the next president (or “sikyong”) and parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan community outside of Tibet has entered the final round of its democratic exercise.
Several thousand Tibetans in exile voted on Jan. 3, 2021 in the first round of the two-round elections for the president and the parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration.
In a report released today for an upcoming human rights review of Nepal, FIDH and ICT call on the Nepali government to respect and fulfill the rights of Tibetans in Nepal, who have become more vulnerable as a result of China’s mounting influence in the Himalayan country.
Two agreements signed by Nepal and China during President Xi Jinping’s October 2019 visit and obtained by the International Campaign for Tibet could seriously endanger Tibetans, including those residing in Nepal and those fleeing there from Tibet.