Tibetan exile parliament forms committee to coordinate
(dpa) - The Tibetan government-in-exile has formed a Tibet Crisis Committee to streamline the Tibetan movement outside India, members of the exile movement said on Wednesday.
"The Tibet Crisis Committee will centralise the movement so that Tibetans outside India can work in a cohesive manner," said Karma Chophel, speaker of the parliament of the exiled government, which has its headquarters in the northern Indian hill town of Dharamsala.
He said the committee will deliberate on policies to enable the Tibetan movement outside India to work in a focused manner.
"Sometimes Tibetan groups and individuals outside India differ in ways and means with the exiled government," said a member of the exiled parliament on condition of anonymity.
All 43 members of the Tibetan exile parliament were present in support of a one-day hunger strike in New Delhi to show solidarity for Tibetans, many of whom are feared dead after clashes with Chinese authorities in Tibet.
The exiled parliamentarians appealed to world governments, international bodies, and the world community to redress the crisis in Tibet.
"China and Chinese policies are massacring the Tibetan movement. All 43 members of the Tibetan parliament are sitting in for a one-day hunger strike to show solidarity for the Tibetan movement," said Chophel.
The exile government is demanding immediate dispatch of a UN- sponsored fact-finding team to monitor the situation inside Tibet.
Members of the parliament urged the international community to intervene and ask China to release arrested Tibetans, and ensure adequate medical relief to Tibetans demonstrating in Tibet.