Tuesday, February 10, 2009

IUSY World Council Meeting in Mexico passes resolutions to dedicate a year long campaign focusing on Tibet as a "Year of Tibet"

IUSY World Council Meeting in Mexico passes resolutions to dedicate a year long campaign focusing on Tibet as a "Year of Tibet"

nternational Union of Socialist Youth concluded its three day World Council Meeting which was held in Zacatecas, Mexico from 23rd – 25th January 2009. The World Council Meeting is the second highest decision making body, which is held once every two years before the Congress. Over 110 youth delegates from more than 50 different countries including Tibet attended the World Council Meeting.

The World Council was inaugurated by the Chief Guest Mrs. Amalia Garcia Medina, Governor of Zacatecas on 23rd January 2009 at 10:30 am. Ms Jacinda, President of IUSY and Member of Parliament from the Labour Party in New Zealand outlined the purpose and agenda of this year's IUSY World Council in her introductory speech. Mr. Pavel Melendez, Vice President of the IUSY briefly addressed the causes of the global financial crises and also gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the hosting organization Youth PRD.

Dhondup Dorjee, Vice President of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC), the largest Tibetan organization in exile, represented Tibet during the World Council at Zacatecas. The agenda for the World Council Meeting was "Our Movement, Our Struggle, Our Future": Building a new world in the wake of the financial crisis.

The IUSY Asia Pacific Committee which was held in September 2008 at Manila, Philippines had proposed a five point resolutions. The fifth resolution on the Self determination of Tibet was objected to and withdrawn by the Vice President of TYC who cited that the resolution on Self determination contradicts past resolutions which accepts Tibet as an independent State and condemns the illegal occupation of Tibet by IUSY Asia Pacific Committee Meeting at Ulaanbatar, Mongolia in June 2007.
While in Mexico City, on 29th January 2009 the Netafora program of RADIORAMA invited Dhondup Dorjee of TYC along with the Youth delegates from Paraguay, Argentina, and Mexico for a live panel discussion on the "Global Issues concerning the youth and IUSY World Council Meeting". During the discussion, Mr. Dorjee briefly outlined the resolutions passed on Tibet during the IUSY World Council in Mexico which was translated in Spanish by the program coordinator Mr. Alex. He also highlighted the deteriorating situation inside Tibet after the peaceful Tibetan People's Movement since March 2008 and post Beijing Olympic Games.
Resolutions passed on Tibet during the IUSY World Council in Mexico:

1. To accept Tibet as an independent State, condemn the illegal occupation of Tibet by China and begin dismantling the colonial occupation of Tibet.
2. To immediately stop the rapid demographic transformation policy of China which results in the large influx of Chinese settlers into Tibet that threatens the very survival of the Tibetan nation, race, culture and civilization.
3. Immediately and unconditionally release all political prisoners including Panchen Lama Gendun Choekyi Nyima and Tulku Tenzin Delek. Provide accounts of all those killed and arbitrarily detained during the recent peaceful protests, including their names, whereabouts and any charges against them.
4. To stop the massive forced resettlement and disenfranchisement of Tibetan nomads inside Tibet and the colonial exploitation by China of Tibet's natural resources and the expansion of the railway network.
5. Complete withdrawal of the so called "patriotic re-education campaign" and "Order number 5" in Tibet and revoke with immediate effect its stipulated post-Olympic policy of harsh political repression in Tibet.
6. To strongly condemns the denial of fair trails and justice to all the Tibetans who have been arrested for exercising their freedom of expressions.
7. To call upon the United Nations to resume the debate based on its resolution passed in 1959, 1961 and 1965 on Tibet and to put pressure on China to allow a Special Rapporteur to investigate and to help restore human rights in Tibet and support the freedom movement of Tibetan people.
8. Take urgent measures to address the underlying causes of the protests, including Tibetan's long-term grievances over violations of their human rights, restrictions on religious practice; persecution for exercising their freedoms of expression, association and assembly; government policies apparently aimed at weakening their culture and ethnic identity; and deliberate exclusion from the benefits of economic development.
9. International Union of Socialist Youth to initiate and dedicate a year long campaign focusing on Tibet as "Year of Tibet" since the Tibetan Movement will be entering the 50th year in the coming March 2009.


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