Important Documents

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Central Tibetan Administration:

CONSTITUTION (Charter of the Tibetans in Exile)

The Eleventh Assembly of Tibetan People’s Deputies has promulgated and legalized this Charter of the Tibetans-in-Exile as their fundamental guide. Adopted on June 14, 1991; Second Day of the Fifth Tibetan Month, 2118 Ti- betan Royal Year.

CTA’s RESPONSE TO CHINA’S WHITE PAPER ON TIBET: Tibet was not Part of China but Middle Way Remains a Viable Solution

This response to the Chinese white paper on Tibet challenges Beijing’s claims that the legitimacy of His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet rests on China’s recognition and approval. This response provides comprehensive explanation with regard to Communist China’s schemes of picking the reincarnation of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and its claims of not only territorial sovereignty over Tibet but also sovereignty over the soul of the Tibetan people.

TIBET: PROVING TRUTH FROM THE FACTS

The Chinese Government’s decision to publish the White Paper on Tibet in 1992 caused widespread dismay and disappointment among the Tibetans, and it became necessary for the Tibetan Government-in-Exile to bring out the first edition of this document in 1993: Tibet: Proving Truth From Facts, to explain the Tibetan position.

THE PANCHEN LAMA LINEAGE: How reincarnation is being used as a tool

This title is an update of our 1995 booklet, The Panchen Lama Lineage: How Reincarnation is Being Reinvented as a Political Tool. It includes biographical data on the Tenth Panchen Lama who died at Shigatse in 1989. In addition to documenting condemnations by governments, parliaments and coverage by the world media, this compilation includes insightful political analysis by prominent China Watchers and Human Rights experts. It reveals how Beijing has manipulated the unique religious faith and practice in Tibet to serve its political ends.

 

Tibet

TIBET AT A GLANCE

By utilizing the photographic archives of The Tibet Museum, and compiling basic facts and statistics on Tibet, Tibet at a Glance has been conceived to inform readers and researchers of all ages about ‘The Roof of the World’ and the Tibetan now living in exile. History, religion, geography, the human element and an illustrated map form the information framework, while Tibet’s unique landscape and the built environment are introduced in photos and factual text.

TIBET: A HUMAN DEVELOPMENT AND ENVIRONMENT REPORT

This publication is a comprehensive report offering readers an insight into the well-being of both the land and people of Tibet, from environment and development perspectives, with a particular focus on human development issues. Through in-depth analysis, this report describes China’s futile attempts to transform Tibet, and how its developmentalist ideology and production-oriented activities have actually given rise to a drastic inequality of wealth. The report also discusses the paradoxes involved in economic growth, the current development trends in Tibet, and the ramifications that these trends have on Tibet’s environment and people.

THE NECKLACE OF gZi: A CULTURAL HISTORY OF TIBET

Necklace of gZi is a thought-provoking book in which the author discusses various historical controversies that plague the writing of Tibetan history. Drawing upon his many years of traditional studies in Tibet as well as his experience in modern research methodology in the West, Prof. Namkhai Norbu analyses Tibetan history with penetrating insight.

TIBET: BEHIND THE CHINESE BAMBOO CURTAIN

Tibet: Behind The Chinese Bamboo Curtain documents and illustrates the various inhuman methods the Chinese Communists used between 1949 and 1979 in Tibet to arrest, torture, execute thousands upon thousands of Tibetans. The author primarily chronicles the harrowing incidents he personally witnessed and those told to him by his fellow Tibetan inmates while imprisoned. Through their stories, the author challenges the Chinese government to respond to the atrocities it committed in Tibet.

TRAVELLERS TO TIBET

This book is a compilation of 26 articles on a wide range of issues concerning life in Tibet from the late 1950s until 2004.

 

His Holiness the Dalai Lama

SOUVENIR BOOK

This little book was published to give a short overview of the life and achievements of His Holiness the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet for the year of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2014.

 

Tibet Climate Action

BLUE GOLD FROM THE HIGHEST PLATEAU: TIBET’S WATER AND GLOBAL CLIMATE CHANGE

(published 8 December 2015) ICT’s new report reveals why Tibet matters to all of us, although few people know of its significance, and provides a roadmap for a way forward for the urgent task of conserving the plateau and its ‘blue gold’ that is in the interests of China and the rest of the world as well as the Tibetan people. (Matteo Mecacci)

10 POINT CALL TO ACTION

As His Holiness the Dalai Lama said: “This blue planet is our only home and Tibet is its roof.” Tibet, known as the “Roof of the World”, is an environmentally strategic area and is critical to the health of the planet. As the world focuses on climate action at COP21, Tibet must be central to any discussion on climate change. An environmental catastrophe can be avoided and this 10-Point Call to Action points the way.

BACKGROUNDER ON TIBET CLIMATE ACTION

The Tibetan Plateau is an environmentally strategic area. And as the world focuses on climate action at the United Nations COP21 meetings, Tibet must be central to any discussion on climate change.

FACTS AND FIGURES

As climate change accelerates, the effects will resonate far beyond the Tibetan Plateau, changing the water supply for billions of people and altering the atmospheric circulation over half the planet. A global environ- mental catastrophe can be avoided, but we must act now to ensure that the Tibetan Plateau’s fragile ecosystem is protected.

As the natural stewards of the Tibetan Plateau, Tibetans’ traditional knowledge of their own land and expertise must be taken into account when tackling climate change.

QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

This fact sheet gives short answers to questions on the background and significance of Tibet in the context of climate change and its impact on Tibet as well as possible ways on how to act in the face of this challenge.