Tibetan Youth Congress today announced a series of activities to commemorate 100 years of the 13th Dalai Lama’s Proclamation of Independence.
Addressing at a press conference in Dharamshala, TYC president Tsewang Rigzin said a year-long activities will begin with an International Independence (Rangzen) Conference.
“The International Rangzen Conference will be held in Dharamshala coinciding with the actual date of the proclamation of Independence by the 13th Dalai Lama 100 years ago on February 13, 1913,” Rigzin said.
TYC said four preliminary regional Rangzen conferences have also been planned in North America (December, New York); East Asia and the Pacific (Taiwan, October 27-28); and India, Nepal and Bhutan (New Delhi, November 24-25). The Europe regional meeting concluded last July.
Rigzin said the main aims of the conferences are to “assert the essential purpose and goal of restoring the independence of Tibet” and to “develop plans and strategies to restore Tibetan independence.”
TYC will also hold a competition for the creation of a ‘Rangzen Emblem’ that can be used by organisations or individuals supporting the independence movement. The winner will receive 50,000 Indian ruppees as cash prize.
“While creativity is an important component of this competition, we encourage candidates to come up with an emblem, which will be easy to emulate yet, powerful enough to elicit fervent emotion,” TYC said.
In solidarity with the ongoing wave of self-immolations inside Tibet and to amplify the demands of the self-immolators, three Central Executive members of TYC will be sitting on the indefinite fast beginning September 3 in New Delhi.
Rigzin urged Tibetans and supporters to join a ‘Global Day of Protest’ on September 18 to call on the United Nations to “immediately intervene and pressure China to douse the fiery protests inside Tibet,” and to take part in a ‘Global Day of Action’ on September 24th by contacting the United Nations, European Union, world leaders and parliamentarians through email, phone and fax for concrete support to resolve the issue of Tibet.