The new board members are: - 1st Kunsang Lhundup President, 2nd Tenzing Chompel, Vice President, 3rd Dachompa, Secretary, 4th Wangdue, Secretary, 5th Nima Phuntsok,Treasury, 6th Kunchok Jimpa, P.R.O., and 7th Tsamchoe, P.R.O.
Announcing the results of the final round of polling, the election commissioners said out of 3,986 registered voters, 1,025 cast their ballots with a voter turnout of 25.72%, the Tibetan administration official media "Tibet Net" reported.
Tashi Dhondup, native of Golok Serta and currently residing in Nepal, got the highest number of 586 votes (57.17%), followed by Tsangyang Gyatso of Golok and resident of Dharamshala with 317 votes (30.93%) and Karma Gelek of Jakhyung and resident of Bhandara with 113 votes (11.02%).
The final round of voting took place on 9 June.
Dharamshala: - On the 2nd of June, Sikyong Dr. Lobsang Sangay met with Golok Jigme, the Information Hero. Jigme escaped to India after he was imrpisoned and tortured by the Chinese authorities for helping film maker Dhondup Wangchen with his documentary "Leaving Fear Behind." He was listed in "100 Information Heroes", a list compiled by Reporters Without Borders.
During the two hour meeting, Golok Jigme told the Sikyong about his imprisonment, torture, and subsequent escape. He also told the Sikyong about the existing political conditions in Tibet.
Dr. Sangay expressed his happiness at Golok Jigme's timely arrival in India, and the release of Dhondup Wangchen, after six years of imprisonment. The Sikyong suggested that Golok Jigme should share his story with with the Tibetan people, and tell them about the conditions in Tibet, including students in Tibetan schools and colleges.
Dharamshala: - Chinese authorities have removed officials from Nyatso Zilkar monastery in Yulshul (in Chinese Yushu) prefecture's Tridu (Chenduo) , eastern Tibet who they suspect of opposing Beijing's rule and replaced them with monks of their own choosing, according to sources in the region.
According to a report by a report by U.S.-based news site RFA, the move is believed to be the first high-profile management change by Beijing of a monastery in Tibetan-populated areas in recent years. It has heightened local fears that the management wouild be functioning under exclusive Chinese control.
"This action has completely broken the tradition of the [monastery] managing its own discipline and activities," sources said,"With this appointment of a new management committee for Zilkar monastery, the monks are worried about their future."
Chinese authorities in recent months had increasingly interfered in the work of Nyatso Zilkar, "accusing the management team of the monastery in involvement in separatist activities and pressing for their removal from management positions," a source added.
Dharamshala: - Hundreds of Tibetans and Tibet supporters to held a rally in front of the United Nation's building, urging for UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon's intervention to resume dialogue between Tibetan representatives and China. The protest coincided with the UN Human Rights Council's 26th session,
Simultaneously, 17 Tibetans have held a sit-in protest in front of the United Nation's Human Right's Commissioner's Office and Palais des Nation (UNHRC Building) for the last four days to draw UN member's attention to the Tibetan cause.
As part of its yearlong campaign to urge UN Secretary General and member states to press China to resume dialogue to resolve the Tibet issue, the Tibetan Community of Swiss and Liechtenstein organized this rally. It also called for access to the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Tibet at the earliest.
Tibet Bureau staff Dawa Gyatso addressed the rally as Mr René Longet, a long time supporter of the Tibetan cause, expressed his personal sympathy and solidarity with the Tibetan people.
Dharamshala: - Local sources revealed that Jampa Choephel, the uncle of Phakpa Gyaltsen, who had jumped to death earlier this month in order to protest against Chinese mining works in the Tibetan county, has been detained by Chinese authorities.
Choephel was taken into custody on May 12 by police in Chamdo (in Chinese, Changdu, prefecture of the Tibet Autonomous Region), five days after his nephew committed suicide. In Chamdo County, eastern Tibet, he was looking after Phakpa Gyaltsen's children and other children who were attending school in the town.
The Chinese authorities have cited no reason for his detention.
TID had advocated for the support of filmmaker Dhondup Wangchen, who is scheduled to be released from prison on June 5th, six years after imprisonment. Additionally, the 10.000 signatories also request the release of Runggye Adak and the Aids-activist Wangdu, who had received a life sentence in 2008.
"Arbitrary arrests are a daily routine in Tibet. We demand the release of all political prisoners in Tibet. The Chinese government tries to systematically silence all critical voices within Tibet. Many political prisoners are being physically abused in a way that leads to their death", said Anna Momburg-Vanderpool, TID-Campaigner.
The TID advocates for the release of political prisoners in Tibet since 1989. Currently there are at least 850 documented political prisoners in Tibet, hundreds more are believed to be missing. Possessing a picture of the Dalai Lama or participating in a demonstration can already lead to imprisonment.