This article is an opinion piece based on the article published by Washington Times: Mission failure at the International Campaign for Tibet by Maura Moynihan.

The Prime Minister of the Tibetans in exile Lobsang Sangay is supposed to be the leader representing the Tibetans in their fight against the various “injustices” committed by China. In other words, China is the arch-enemy and Lobsang Sangay, their supposed hero.

Sikyong Lobsang Sangay (left) and H.H. the 14th Dalai Lama (right)

In addition, the Tibetans trust their leaders and the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) to safeguard their interest. Strangely, if that is the case, why is the Office of Tibet, representing the Tibetans in exile, purposely using the same resources as that of their alleged enemy, China where secrets and plans of the Tibetans in exile can be easily leaked? The Office of Tibet that operates under Lobsang Sangay shares the same lobbyist as one of China’s most prominent Chinese nationalist in USA – Benjamin Wey?

It has been discovered that Office of Tibet paid Benjamin Wey’s firm to lobby on issues like foreign aid, immigration policy and self-immolation. Self-immolation is an issue the Tibetan government leverages on to pressure China in the global arena. At the same time, Benjamin Wey’s biggest client is the Chinese government. The question is, why would Lobsang Sangay engage the services of the lobbyist who is not only a Chinese nationalist, but would also be reluctant to act against his largest client? It is like Coca Cola and Pepsi both using the same PR and Marketing firm. Wouldn’t such gross negligence on the part of the Tibetan leadership facilitate a leakage of confidential information and play into the hands of the Chinese? Could this be more than mere negligence? Could it actually be an arrangement of convenience?

Was engaging Benjamin Wey’s firm intentional or a major negligence by the Tibetan leadership?

This is not the only time Lobsang Sangay has raised a few eyebrows and by right, a few red flags as well. The sudden paying-off of Lobsang Sangay’s USD250,000 mortgage loan right before his election as Prime Minister is yet another “coincidence” that should be of concern. Did Sangay pay off his mortgage with his own money or was it taken care of for him? And why at such crucial timing, which is just before the CTA election? And who paid Lobsang Sangay’s loan, and has he been compromised? Could it be possible that the Chinese assisted the would-be Prime Minister that the Tibetan people would trust, in exchange for certain ‘favors’? These are issues that should have worried the Tibetan people and the Dalai Lama. Instead, Sangay was made ‘Sikyong’ a position that was beyond a mere elected Prime Minister.

For all the Tibetan people’s supposed fear of Chinese subterfuge, they certainly missed examining Lobsang Sangay, who after much denial, finally admitted to having visited China in 2005 using an Overseas Chinese National papers to enter the ‘enemy’ country. There is nothing wrong with exiled Tibetans visiting China (the Dalai Lama’s representatives visit China from time to time for negotiations in the interests of the Tibetans in exile) except, why is the Tibetan people’s leader travelling as a Chinese National and then lying about it? Isn’t that a direct conflict seeing his status as the Prime Minister of the Tibetans in exile who are fighting against the Chinese? The Prime Minister of the Tibetans in exile using official papers as an Overseas Chinese National, is an act that indirectly admits that Tibet is a part of China. If that is the case, then there should be no cause to fight for anymore and all “Free Tibet” or the Middle Way/Tibet Autonomy efforts should cease henceforth. Furthermore there should be no more exile government, no more Central Tibetan Administration, not more Office of Tibet, all these should be dissolved immediately, since the Prime Minister, the leader of all exiled Tibetans is already an Overseas Chinese National, then by default all exiled Tibetans are Overseas Chinese Nationals too, so Tibet is accepted by the Tibetan leadership as being part of China. It’s the end to the Tibetan cause and struggle.

The Tibetan people and government are also found to be extremely tolerant when its own Prime Minister, Lobsang Sangay undermines Tibetan history using Chinese Communist propaganda code words like referring to pre-1959 Tibet as a “feudal realm” that was “shackled to feudalism? Why would Sangay use labels that the ‘enemy’ uses to sway opinion against the Tibetan people, which is obviously derogatory towards his own people and history? Which side is Lobsang Sangay on?

These are some of the issues that have to be raised. Why was there no background check on the leadership candidates seeking votes to represent the Tibetans in exile? First we have Lobsang Sangay who has a shady pro-China background, and now we have the new candidate for the Prime Ministership, Penpa Tsering, who is an alleged murderer with dubious ethic? Is there still any credibility left in the Tibetan leadership? Is there any credibility in what the leadership says and does and if the leadership is proven to be negligent or dodgy? If the Tibetan leadership is proven to be negligent and dishonest then can there be any credibility in their accusations of Dorje Shugden? Can anyone believe the reasons they gave for their illegal religious ban which they deny even exists? How can anyone trust this leadership?

Losing faith. Tibetans and Free Tibet supporters are starting to question the exiled Tibetan government’s credibility.

Dorje Shugden practitioners are always accused of receiving money from the Chinese, and are unfairly labeled “traitors”. Perhaps the Tibetan leadership should really check and clean up their own backyard instead of going on this false inquisition of Shugden-Chinese-agents. Why go on a witch-hunt of innocent Dorje Shugden practitioners when in fact there is clearly something fishy going on within the ranks of the Tibetan leadership? Isn’t the series of incidents pointing towards the current Prime Minister Lobsang Sangay’s shady dealings with China many times more serious than merely receiving China’s money (if it is true)?

Perhaps it is really what it is, Dorje Shugden is made a scapegoat to divert attention away from the real deception that has plagued the Tibetan people. Perhaps they needed a diversion so that corrupt leaders can continue to reap benefits for themselves, and there is no real concern for the welfare of the Tibetans in exile, a strong reminiscence of what happened decades ago leading to the loss of Tibet. It seems things have not changed that much.

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Mission failure at the International Campaign for Tibet by Maura Moynihan

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  1. Sunitta

    September 2, 2015 at 3:44 am

    This is a real eye opener report for me. If all that is said by Mauro Moynihan is true that the International Campaign of Tibet is has it’s weaknesses and proves to be ineffective for the people of Tibet, then actions to revamp it is very necessary. Donors and supporters are entitled to know the truth. Also it would also be more effective for the people of Tibet.
    Similarly with the Tibetan government. If there are cracks and weaknesses, unsuitable leaders and poor practices, it should all be brought to light and appropriate actions to be taken to eradicate all the problems. I think all Tibetans deserve an honest and correctly motivated and effective government.

  2. Eli Buchen

    September 4, 2015 at 3:23 pm

    ICT seems to be on firm footing to line their pockets and coffers.No results after half a century. The real losers of this has got to be the Tibetans. How long more will Tibetans have to suffer Tibetan leadership bent on taking advantage of Tibetan in exile?

    This is a real eye opener for Tibetans and non Tibetans alike. Maura Moynihan is no stranger to Tibetan politics and how they work from the influence she probably got from her father who supported Tibetan independence.

  3. Victor

    May 22, 2016 at 3:21 pm

    This is indeed an interesting article! So, by being a Chinese National, Tibet has already been given up by its leader? And the rest is only show?

    I agree, many people donated money to free the Tibetan people and help them with human rights and having a democratic government. Yet, this has never happened as we learn. The Tibetan government even attacks their own people and there is no democratic system for Dorje Shugden practitioners and their family, no friends, no work, no travel and so on…

    What a deception to see that the money, donated by kind people, was not used for the Tibetan people, to help them living a decent life!

  4. Camilia

    May 28, 2016 at 4:42 am

    For an economy that rely on exporting Buddhism and gaining Freedom from China, the slogan “Free Tibet” certainly have helped Tibetans in Exile gain global attention and financial support in the past decades. It is hard to just let go of this cause while it can still yield economy benefits for the Tibetans in Exile leadership. But The Tibetan in Exile leaderships are not fools. They are fully aware of the influence China had grown into globally and might have a hunch that “Free Tibet” will not longer command any sympathy. Paving the way back into China on a personal level seemed to be a new trend among the affluent of Tibetan in Exile community. If Achok Rinpoche, one of the closest people to HHDL, the former Abbot of Gaden Shartse Monastery, and the biographer of HHDL has defected back to China and proudly says he is now a Chinese citizen, what more about unscrupulous politicians like Sikyong Lobsang Sangay.

  5. Amber Sonam

    June 5, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Good try CTA, yet another failing attempt in covering their dirty laundry. The smell is too strong to be hidden. I mean, how can you hide smell? In Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, this phrase is commonly used to direct logical thinking: where there’s smoke, there’s fire. The smoke cannot content itself and is too obvious to be ignored. In the presence of smoke, regardless how hard the CTA attempted to divert our attention, we can still see through the smoke and we know what causes it.

    There are people who choose to think otherwise, who believe the CTA is fighting for the Tibetans “cause”. Although the results are obvious, no results to-date, there are people who choose to cling to the hope that the Dalai Lama is the head of the CTA and people around him will never do things listed above. One should not forget Dalai Lama maybe the emanation of Avalokitesvara, but the people around him are not. They are the same as you and me, full of greed, desire, jealousy, anger and what not. They are selfish and money, power, status…are very tempting and they can go wild with it. Best still, the CTA is surrounded by people with blind faith towards the Dalai Lama, so it is so easy for the CTA to perform corruptions and harmful actions. This was what had happened in the past 50 years and still continuing today.

    What kind of developed country leader would make a spiritual deity a national alert, covering their dirty actions with a spiritual deity, abusing the financial aids from kind sponsors for selfish reasons and bring no results to benefit his country people? The CTA for sure!

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