The New York-based Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk Inc. convened its 1st international conference in New York City for two days, from December 23rd to 24th 2006. The conference passed the following resolution to restore independence for Tibetan people and emancipate them from the subjugation of Chinese Communist colonization:
1. Tibet truly enjoyed independence, in the full meaning of the word. This was a fact clearly noted in the governmental and legal documents of Tibet, India and China. The Chinese Communist, however, invaded and forcefully occupied Tibet and made it her colony. Tibetans living in Tibet are subjected to ceaseless sufferings, deprivation of their fundamental human rights, and suppression. The Tibetan religious and cultural traditions are being obliterated. China has launched a campaign that poses a great threat to the existence of the Tibetan nation. Thus, no human being should ignore the Tibetan tragedy. We appeal to this great nation, the United States of America, and other peace- and freedom- loving nations of the world to heed to the tragic sufferings of the Tibetan people.
The aims and objectives of Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk, the Volunteer Defender, is to dedicate our lives and possessions to the cause of Tibetan independence. In the future too, there is no change as far as our original aims and objectives are concerned. We shall be ready to embark upon any appropriate actions for the independence of Tibet. The struggle may take many generations to come.
2. As the fundamental requirement for regaining Tibetan independence, it is important to consider ancient Tibetan history, culture, tradition, and the geographical status of the three Tibetan provinces, whose populations constitute the six million Tibetans, contemporary to Domtonpa Gyalwi Jungney. We, the members of Chushi Gangdruk, have to spearhead the formation of a Tibetan society based on genuine understanding, unity, confidence in each other, flawless cooperation, and commonality of political goals. As a Tibetan saying goes, "Pointing bonnets together when an enemy attacks, sharing good fortune together". In addition, these are also our principles not to mislead ourselves, not to create distance between our government and the Tibetan people, and exert every effort towards genuine understanding and support for each other.
We will not hesitate to oppose those who act against Tibetan interests and wishes by collaborating with Tibet's enemies, who wish to appease Tibet's enemies for personal gains or to join hands sharing benefits, and who try to undermine Tibetan unity and resolve.
No matter where Tibetans may be in the world, we are separated from our Fatherland: remember all our brothers and sisters. It is of paramount importance to strengthen our resolve, to invigorate our spirit, and to unite and fight for our rights. Educating our younger generation is crucial, and every Tibetan must bear this responsibility.
3. Since the introduction of democracy by His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, and for a time since then, the Tibetan people enjoyed full democratic rights by electing our government through direct vote. However, Tibet is a spiritual nation with an unshakable faith in Buddhism. Moreover, Buddha most remarkably predicted Tibet to be the protectorate of Chenrezig, the national deity of Tibet, and Chenrezig, Himself, promised to lead and protect Tibet. We, therefore, cannot be without His Holiness, the Dalai Lama. As we whole heartedly pray for His long life and success in accomplishing all His aspirations, we request Him to emerge from semi-retirement and not to assume Tibetans being able to manage our affairs democratically.
4. If Sino-Tibetan dialogue is to be continued, neither side should come forward with unreasonable preconditions before a meeting takes place. Whether or not China can be influenced to accept our wishes by putting forward positive proposals, or whether the Tibetans will be given the opportunity to refuse or accept the China's proposals, the Tibetan delegation should, not agree to even include into the discussions the integrity of the three Tibetan provinces or partitioning of Tibet - put forward in any way whatsoever. Such conditions produce more harm than good. We, therefore, can not accept such a Tibetan stance.
5. Since 1957, Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk, the Volunteer Defenders, undertook many political activities, in direct contact with the U.S. Government. As a result, there are about 14,000 Tibetans from the region of Kham who, in exile, are suffering as a result of losing their great opportunity to accomplish their mission. It is, therefore, our goal, to strive our best efforts to bring these Khampa Tibetans to America.
6. The 1st International conference of Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk was attended by the former Prime Minister and the former Security Minister of the Government of Tibet in Exile, Messrs. Thubten N. Juchen and Pema Chojor, respectively, the Chairman and founder of China Democracy, Mr. Wei Jingsheng, and the Chairman of the China Democracy Party World Union, Mr. Wang Jun, along with many members. They exchanged viewpoints and discussed each others needs and wishes. They fully agreed to maintain contact and provide assistance for their mutual benefit and to accomplish their goals.
7. It was agreed to hold the next international conferences of Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk, first, in India and then in Europe. It was recognized that, fundamentally, human beings, despite race, creed, country of origin, or nationality, share common feelings of pleasure, sorrow, and aspirations for liberty and freedom. However, the Tibetans have been suffering from China's brutal domination and denial of fundamental human rights. The meeting made special wishes and prayers for the dawning of rays of liberty and freedom for Tibetans who are under the yoke of subjugation by the ruthless tyranny of China's Communist government, as well as for all others longing for liberty and freedom.
New York, 23 December, 2006
Dhokham Chushi Gangdruk