The Tibetan Youth Congress will hold a crucial meeting in the northeastern Indian town of Shillong from August 27 to 31 to review developments on the Tibet front, including the Tibet-China contact, and to decide on a one-year action plan.

The 34th Working Committee Meeting (WCM) of Tibetan Youth Congress, an annual meeting of the presidents and secretaries of the different chapters of the TYC, will be held for five days from August 27 to 31, 2003, in Shillong, Meghalaya.

According to TYC members, the meeting will discuss the re-establishment of contact between the Tibetan leadership and China. According to a TYC statement, “More than 100 representatives from all over India and abroad are expected to attend for the meeting. For last year, the Working Committee meeting was held at Shimla for which 90 representatives from 42 regional chapters from all over India, Nepal, Bhutan and the United States of America.”

The statement outlined some of the agenda items for the forthcoming meeting. It said, “For this year’s meeting, issues ranging from basic human rights to the restoration of independence will be discussed in detail. The meeting will also focus on measures to strengthen the freedom struggle and reassert the stance of the Tibetan Youth Congress. Pertinent cases relating to the plight of the Tibetan political prisoners and the continued involuntary disappearance of the XI Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima and other well known religious heads who are currently in the clutches of the Chinese government will also be the highlight of the discussion. The meeting will highlight on the campaigns and strategies in order to restore human rights of the Tibetan people in Tibet and regain the Independence of Tibet.”

The Tibetan Youth Congress is based in Dharamsala, India and has more than 18,000 members with chapters in Asia, Europe, Canada and the United States.