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Tibetan Youth Congress Begins 14th General Body Meeting

Deputy Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament Mrs Gyari Dolma (L) presents TYC’s “Rangzen” trophy to Mr Lhasang Tsering (R) during the opening function TYC general body meeting in Dharamsala, India, Monday, August 2, 2010.

The 14th General Body Meeting of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest non-governmental organization in the exile Tibetan community, began at the Tibetan Children’s Village School's Hermann Gmeiner Hall.

Deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, Gyari Dolma, was the chief guest of the inaugural function. TYC's former executive members and members of the Tibetan parliament also attended the function.

TYC president Mr Tsewang Rigzin said Tibetan culture, security of the Dalai Lama, unemployment among Tibetan youth, and the upcoming elections of the Tibetan prime minister and the members of the exile Parliament would be the major issues to be discussed during the seven-day meeting.

The members will also elect the new executive members of the organization who will serve for a term of three years.

The GBM, held every three years, is the highest policy making body of the Tibetan Youth Congress. 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.