The 14th General Body meeting of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) concluded on Sunday with the election of the ten executive members for the next three years. Tsewang Rigzin was re-elected for the second time as the president of TYC.
"As the newly elected president of the Tibetan Youth Congress I once again want to declare and reiterate my unyielding faith in the restoration of Tibet's lost independence," Mr Tsewang said in delivering his acceptance speech.
Rigzin's three-year tenure will end in 2013. He served as the president of the Portland/Vancouver regional chapter of the TYC before first being elected as the president of the TYC in 2007.
During the seven-day meeting that began on Monday, the members discussed the future strategy for the cause of Tibet. Over 170 executive members from 47 regional chapters based in Bhutan, India and Nepal, and members representing chapters in United States, Canada, Taiwan and Europe took part in the seven-day general body meeting, which began on August 2.
Dhondup Lhadar, who is currently serving as the organization’s general secretary, was elected as the Vice President in the next executive body. Tenzin Choekyi, a former TYC CENTREX member and a member of Dharamsala RTYC, was declared elected as the new General Secretary. The General Body Meeting also re-elected Tenzin Norsang, Tenzin Yangzom, Penpa Tsering and Kunchok Yamphel, who are currently serving as the organization's Joint Secretary, Secretary for International Affairs, Organisation Secretary and Public Relation Officer respectively. Tenzin Dolma of Delhi RTYC, Yeshi Tharchen of Deckyi Ling (Dehradun) RTYC, and Jigme of Varanasi RTYC are other newly elected CENTREX members.
Founded in 1970, Tibetan Youth Congress is an international non-governmental organization that advocates the independence of Tibet from China. With around 30,000 members in the Tibetan diaspora and 81 regional chapters worldwide, TYC is the largest and most active non-governmental organization of Tibetans in exile.