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On the Dalai Lama's birthday, Tibet remains in the spotlight on human rights and self-determination

July 6.– Today is the Dalai Lama's 87th birthday. He is a man of peace who has amply demonstrated that he is NOT an enemy of the Chinese people but has shown that he is open to an honorable solution that allows the self-determination of the Tibetan people in close collaboration with the brotherly Chinese people.

That longing that is part of his constant claim for peace and understanding will always live until mutual respect prevails between both peoples and they both enjoy free determination. Exiled Tibetan MovementExiled Tibetan Movement

Every year, the Tibetan community in exile comes together to help celebrate the beloved leader of the Tibetan people —as well as that of Tibetan Buddhism— and the world’s foremost advocate for peace. In difficult times like these, it’s especially important that we spread his philosophy of compassion and help make his vision of unity a reality. Even in the face of hardship and strife, His Holiness has championed a philosophy of compassion for all living things. This is a guiding principle for the people of Tibet, but his message can give hope to anyone, anywhere, and at any time.

In the meantime, mass relocations continue and 17,000 Tibetans are being forced to leave homes by Motorcade carrying Tibetans being displaced & relocatedMotorcade carrying Tibetans being displaced & relocatedAugust following a long-standing strategy of Chineseization that dilutes the Tibetan identity in the former territories of independent Tibet. The new measures are part of a bigger policy launched in 2018 to relocate more than 130,000 people from 20 counties and 97 townships from the autonomous prefectures of Shigatse (Rikaze), Nagchu and Ngari (Ali) in the "Tibet Autonomous Region" between 2018 and 2025.[

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NIGERIA: Supreme Court Judgement on Section 84(12) Victory for Democracy, Says House

Nigerian House of RepresentativesAbuja, June 26.– The House of Representatives has hailed the Supreme Court for striking out the suit filed by President Muhammadu Buhari and the Attorney-General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, seeking to void the provision of section 84(12) of the Electoral Act, 2022.

Section 84 (12) of the Act states that, “No political appointee at any level shall be a voting delegate or be voted for at the convention or congress of any political party for the purpose of the nomination of candidates for any election.”

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EU democracy: The way forward after the Conference on the Future of Europe

Conference on the Future of Europe June 19.– The European Commission adopted on Friday a plan on how it intends to follow up on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe and transform the proposals into legislative action.

This Communication is the first step in the Commission’s follow-up. It offers an assessment of what is needed to follow up on the Conference’s proposals, gives an overview of the next steps and sets out how best to learn the lessons from the Conference and embed participative democracy into the EU’s policy and law-making.

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2022 Global Forum on Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, Sustainability and Social Justice

Dublin, June 16.– The 2022 Global Forum "Higher Education Leadership for Democracy, 2022 Global Forum on Higher Education LeadershipSustainability and Social Justice" organized by the Council of Europe in co-operation with the International Association of Universities, International Consortium for Higher Education, Civic Responsibility and Democracy, Organisation of American States opened in Dublin today on the premises of the Dublin City University. The Forum gathered over 120 participants from all continents.

In his opening statement, Matjaž Gruden, Director for Democratic Participation of the Council of Europe, stated that "knowledge and critical thinking are the driving force of progressive change. Always had been. Always will be."

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BREAKING NEWS! Macron’s alliance projected to lose the majority in French Parliament

Macron vs Le PenSurprising Le Pen's National Rally's parliamentary advance.

Paris, June 19 (– President Macron's centrist alliance is projected to lose its majority despite getting the most seats in the final round of the parliamentary election Sunday, while the far-right National Rally appeared to have made huge unexpected gains.

Macron's parliamentary candidates are not expected to reach de 289 seats required to have a simple majority but will certainly fall 40 seats short, if not more. However, he will still count with the larger group in Parliament, far ahead of the Socialists and the Greens (expected to get close to 200 seats), the National Rally hoping to get between 80 and 90 seats (up from eight seats before), and the Republicans and their allies, expected to get close to 70 seats. The Nupes celebrate

Mélenchon’s France Unbowed party now leads a broader left coalition, known as the Nupes, or the New Popular Ecological and Social Union. Clémentine Autain, a close ally of Mélenchon, described the united left’s result as a “breakthrough”.

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