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Statutes

Statutes

§ 1
The association's name is Støttekomiteen for Tibet, Denmark
(In English: The Tibet Support Committee, Denmark). The association's headquarters is in Copenhagen.
 
§ 2
The society aims are to perform the following using peaceful means:
 
a) provide information about conditions in Tibet
b) to support the Tibetans' demands for respect of their human rights
c) to support the Tibetan people's demands for a free and independent Tibet
d) to support the Tibetans' struggle against the cultural, economic and ecological destruction
e) supporting the Tibetan refugees
 
The association is independent of political parties and religious sects.
 
§ 3
Membership is open to any person, organization and institution, joining the Association's purposes.
Each member has the right to one vote at the annual general meeting per person listed on the member list. Two names listed under the same membership entitles to one vote.
The Board must cast at least four votes to expel a member deemed to be working against the association's purposes.
 
§ 4
The funds for the association's work are raised through membership fees, fund raising and gifts. The annual membership fee is set at the AGM. If the fee is not paid within 6 months after the due date, membership will be revoked.
 
§ 5
The association's highest authority is the General Assembly. The Annual General Meeting is held each year in March. Extraordinary General Meeting is to be held no later than 21 days after at least 25 voting members in a registered letter to the Board has so requested, stating the agenda. The Board may incidentally call an Extraordinary General Meeting as often as deemed necessary. Notice of upcoming meetings shall be with at least 14 days notice and stating the agenda. At the Annual General Meeting the following should be decided upon and reported out:
 
a) Election of the Chairman
b) Annual report
c) Accounting 
d) Determination of membership fee
e) Proposals
f) Election of board members and two support board members
g) Appointment of Auditor
h) Any other business
 
Only members who have paid the annual membership fee are entitled to vote at the AGM. All rules are adopted by a simple majority vote of the voting members. All polls are conducted orally, unless at least 1/4 of the voting members or the board requests a ballot. A member can attend with a written power of attorney from another member in addition to his own vote. In order for proposals for discussion point e) to come on the agenda, these should be submitted to the Board at least 6 days prior to the AGM. Proposals for amendment to the constitution or dissolution of the association may be adopted at an ordinary or extraordinary general meeting with at least 2/3 of the voting members present. A proposal for the dissolution of the association shall be submitted to the Board at least one month before an ordinary or extraordinary general meeting.
 
§ 6
The association's board shall consist of 5-7 members: The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Treasurer, Communications Director and Editor and up to two other members, elected at the General Assembly for every year. There may also be 2 supporting members on the board. The Board has overall responsibility for all activities of the organization and designs guidelines for them, including the individual board members' responsibilities, operation of the office and shop, the association's external profile and overall strategies for it’s activities.
 
The association's working groups and local groups select members themselves and organize their own work. These groups' activities are accountable to the Board and otherwise are to be conducted in accordance with the constitution. Overall decisions are to be taken in accordance with the Board.
 
The Board, working groups and local groups conduct their tasks under their organised team structure unless according to the statute they require the decision of the General Assembly.
 
§ 7
The association's financial year is the calendar year. The accounts are kept by the association's treasurer. The accounts must be presented to the board for approval by the treasurer before being sent to the auditor. The accounts are to be audited by a registered auditor. If the association does not have means to satisfy a certified accountant, 2 volunteer accountants can be selected instead. The audited accounts shall be presented for approval at the AGM. Prior to this the auditor should have signed them and added any required annotations. Key information of the accounts approved at the general meeting shall be published for the members.
 
§ 8
The associations financial documentation should be formally signed by the Chairman or the Vice-chairman, each in combination with another board member.
 
§ 9
The association should be formally represented by the chairman or treasurer, each in combination with another board member.
 
§ 10
At the dissolution of the Association, the assets and activities should be handed over to an association with a humanitarian purpose domiciled in Denmark.
 
As adopted at the AGM on 17 March 1999
 

Members of the board

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD FOR 2011

At the AGM on 29th March 2011 elected a new board, which then constituted as follows:

Chairman: Anders H. Andersen

Chair: Jens Christian Nielsen.

Treasurer and Director: Susanne Johansen.

Board member Joseph Dalley.

Substitute: Poul Damgaard.

Substitute: Hans Skytte

Our point of view

THE PROBLEMS IN TIBET

Tibet is an occupied country.
 
This situation has had numerous consequences for the Tibetan people:
 
Tibet has been removed from the maps. Its status as an independent nation under Chinese occupation is silenced by other governments and the UN.
 
Tibet's legitimate government in exile in India can therefore not take its rightful place in the international community and is excluded from important fora such as the UN.
 
Tibetans can no longer decide their own future, which is decided on in Beijing. This denies the Tibetans the right to economic, social and cultural development on their own terms.
 
Hundreds of thousands of Tibetans lost their lives between 1949 to 1980 as a result of the occupation. In the 1980s, several hundred demonstrators were killed. In the 1990s up to 50 political prisoners were killed under torture and people who protest are still subject to harsh treatment which occasionally results in deaths.
 
Freedom of expression, assembly and press in Tibet is severely limited. All media are state controlled and all publications are subject to censorship.
 
The monitoring of the Tibetans is intense and is accompanied by "patriotic education" at all levels of society.
 
There are currently (2011) more than 600 known political prisoners in Tibet.
 
The legal system works entirely on the government’s premises. Less than 1% of all defendants are acquitted.
 
Torture and abuse is used systematically in prisons.
 
There has been massive Chinese immigration into many cities and colonization of the parts of Tibet bordering on China. In these parts of Tibet, where Tibetans were the majority before 1950, Chinese people now outnumber and dominate them.
 
China's development in Tibet favors the Chinese immigrants and the Tibetan elite. China invests heavily in prestigious infrastructure projects, while education and health have low priority. As a result about 40 % of all Tibetans are still illiterate.
 
Educational systems have an assimilating function. Although Tibetan language is used at primary level in Central Tibet, its has been downgraded in other areas.
 
Several hundred thousand Tibetans live at subsistence level and malnutrition is widespread.
 
China has in recent years intensified its birth control in Tibet, which includes the use of forced abortions and sterilizations.
 
Much of Tibet's rich cultural heritage is destroyed. In 1954-1971, 6259 monasteries were completely or partially destroyed and most of Tibet's literary and art heritage disapeared.
 
Tibetans have rebuilt many monasteries, yet religious freedom is limited. There is a cap on the number of monks and nuns and permitted into monasteries, the functions of the monasteries are controlled and monks and nuns are required to participate in "patriotic re-education campaigns". Several hundred monks and nuns who participated in peaceful demonstrations were banned from returning to their monasteries. Officials and students are not allowed to practice religion.
 
Tibet's natural environment has been damaged in several ways such as deforestation and the hunting to extinction of wild animals.
 
About 150,000 Tibetans live in exile. Several hundreds flee annually from Tibet to India or Nepal.
 
 

WHAT IS DENMARK'S ROLE?

Denmark conducts a so-called "critical dialogue" with China on human rights issues and Tibet. Tibet is addressed as a separate item in talks with Chinese leaders, yet the country is treated as a part of China. This critical dialogue approach is also used by the EU and Denmark is an active participant in the EU "critical dialogue" with China.
 
Denmark supports self-rule in Tibet based on the points given by the Dalai Lama. Denmark regularly encourages China to engage in a dialogue with representatives of the Dalai Lama and the exile community.
 
It is a Danish political objective to guide China towards a society based on rule of law. It is hoped that  technological development and trade relations with the outside world will give the Chinese people better opportunities to gain freedom and democratic ideals. This strategy also benefits Denmark's own commercial interests in China.
 
Denmark provides assistance to the Tibetan exile community through Tibet's government in exile. In 2000, the Danish government decided to provide assistance to Tibet within the "Human Rights and Democracy Framework". Assistance is provided through Danish NGOs and is currently targeted at education.
 
 

WHAT SHOULD DENMARK DO?

The Danish government's position on Tibet is similar to that of other Western countries. It is in some cases for positive and on others negative for Tibet. It can be positive because a unified international pressure on China works stronger. On the other had it can be negative when the government uses this as an excuse for not going ahead or taking independent initiatives.
 
China has largely succeeded in playing Western countries against each other by threatening to trade contracts for the countries who follow the line. At the same time there are several areas of disagreement amongst EU countries as to what policy EU countries should conduct with China. This often leads to the lowest common denominator politics. But it also shows that Denmark is actually a band, although we want to coordinate our Tibet policy with other nations.
 
All in all, it means two things:
 
First Denmark's trade interests must be subordinated to our political objectives and the public and human rights principles that we also advocate.
 
Second There is no valid argument that Denmark should not work to formulate and lead the way with new initiatives that support Tibet.
 
More specifically, there are several areas where Denmark can lead a more consistent Tibet policy:
 
Denmark recognized in 1961 the Tibetan people's right to self determination. Yet the government often refers to the Tibetans as a "minority" in China, although minorities under international law have fewer rights than people.
 
There is no justifiable reasons to ignore the historical fact that Tibet until 1951 was an independent country and that China invaded and occupied the country.
 
Denmark (and all other countries except Mongolia) never formally officially recognized  Tibet, when it functioned as an independent state. Denmark has also never taken a position on Tibet's status under international law. That Denmark in practice treats Tibet as a part of China should not lead us to ignore their people’s rights (as an independent state).
 
Denmark's invitation to China to negotiate with the Tibetans are half-hearted and ineffective as long as Denmark does not clearly designate the Dalai Lama and his government as the Tibetan people's correct representatives at these negotiations, and as long as the Tibetan government in exile and the Dalai Lama's status as a political leaders are suppressed.
 
The UN Human Rights Commission is the appropriate forum to address questions about human rights abuses, and it is a forum where issues of law and not to other interests should prevail. While the individual EU countries' commercial interests are to blame for the EU’s inability to collectively make a resolution on China at this forum, Denmark should attempt to make a resolution anyway..
 
The aid to Tibet from Denmark comes with more limiting terms than aid to China because it has not yet been possible to initiate a dialogue on democratization or human rights with the authorities in Tibet. This is despite the fact that both aid packages are from the same budget.  The aid development cooperation with the authorities of the Autonomous Region of Tibet must be accompanied by diplomatic pressure to circumvent China's double standards in this area and be accompanied by such a dialogue.
 

A short history of Støttekomiteen For Tibet

The Tibet Support Committee (SKT) is a Danish organisation committed to improving conditions for the Tibetan people by supporting their nonviolent struggle for freedom, human rights, democracy and self-determination. The association was first established on the 6th of March 1989 and has ever since conducted a variety of activities and events.
 
SKT's existence is based on a conviction that political support is the best kind of help we can give a people whose problems stem from a political cause, namely China's annexation of Tibet and those violations of Tibetans' rights that the occupation has resulted in.
 
Our lobbying and the information we disseminate have meant that most Danes now have an idea of what's happening in Tibet. Violations of Tibetans’ rights have been a recurring topic in the media as well as in the political debate. There has been a focus on Tibet.  We have made a difference.
 
The global attention to Tibet's problems have kept hope alive for many Tibetans. In several cases, the pressure on China resulted in releases of political prisoners, judicial reform, efforts against environmental degradation, initiating development projects etc.
 
But there is a long way to go. The interests of the global community in the Chinese market and the attempt to integrate China into the international security system has weakened the adherence to outspoken principles and thus effectively reduced pressure on the Chinese government. The Danish and international support for the Tibetan cause are half-hearted and therefore less effective. This makes popular pressure on the Danish government very important - through this we can all help to make a difference.
 

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