|Students for a Free Tibet Constitution
Name: This student organization shall be officially named
"Students for a Free Tibet" and employ the acronym SFT.
Mission Statement: Students for a Free Tibet (SFT) is dedicated
to promoting awareness, education, and political action concerning the
issues facing the region formerly known as Tibet which is now claimed by
the Peopleís Republic of China.
On the eve of the Chinese invasion in 1950 Tibet was a free and independent
country, governed by the Tibetan people. Most United Nations member countries
condemn Chinaís "aggression" and "invasion." In addition, in 1959, 1960,
and 1961 the UN General Assembly passed resolutions 1353-XIV, 1723-XVI
and 2079-XX which called on China "to respect and implement the human rights
and fundamental freedoms of the Tibetan people, including self-determination."
China has repeatedly failed to comply. Tibet has an ancient culture
that has had paramount influences on forming and influencing many other
diverse and unique cultures. The people of Tibet have the same common rights
as all the citizens of this globe, and these rights must be protected.
Future Goals: It is the aim of SFT to:
Raising Awareness: The foremost goal of SFT is the raise awareness
within the University and surrounding community of the unlawful actions
being and having been committed in the region known as Tibet which formerly
comprised of three regions now renamed as parts of Qinghai, Gansu, Sichuan
and Yunnan and the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), all under the sovereignty
of the Peopleís Republic of China. The goal is not to vilify the
Peopleís Republic of China but rather to show that illegal actions have
been committed and are being committed against Tibet and its peoples which
need to be halted and righted before the consequences of these actions
Education: Once more, it should not be SFTís intent to vilify
the Peopleís Republic of China but rather to provide accurate and unbiased
information about the various events surrounding Tibet. It should be the
aim of SFT to put forth relevant information about the political, social,
and economic situations in Tibet and the consequences of these derived
from the rule by a foreign government.
Action: It should be SFTís aim to extend political pressure to members
of the United States government, the government of the Peopleís Republic
of China, leaders of other nations of the world and private companies that
may contribute to the aforementioned situation in hope of restoring all
three regions of Tibet to its natural and legally-coherent state of independence
and to ensure the protection of itís peopleís rights and to force the Peopleís
Republic of China to adhere to the guidelines set forth by the UN General
Raise awareness surrounding the situation of Tibet through rallies, demonstrations,
visual and audio presentations, etc.
Put forth information about these issues through literature, visual and
audio presentations, seminars, speeches, etc.
Be active in supporting and proliferating the aforementioned ideals.
Have meeting for all members every two weeks.
Structure: Students for a Free Tibet shall have three elected
officers including the SFT President, Secretary, and Treasurer. These positions
are only open to Voting Members and are attained by the candidate who receives
the majority of votes (50% + 1). There is no limit on the number of candidates
for each position. Elections will be held in the second week of the beginning
of each semester. The term of office will be throughout the semester. If
one of the officers is no longer able to perform his/her duty there will
be an emergency vote to elect a suitable replacement.
Voting Membership: In order to be a Voting Member within the Students
for a Free Tibet organization one must a.) be an UMass undergraduate student,
b.) be registered in the organization including given name and surname,
address, and studentís ID number, c.) have a record of attendance in at
least five SFT meetings.
Common Membership: All those interested are encouraged to join and
participate in SFT. Common Membership is open to all men and women, including
students of the Five College program, regardless or race, color, religion,
creed, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, mental or physical
handicap, political belief or affiliation. It is not required that one
registers with the organization but strongly advised for more accurate
Amendments: Amendments can be made to the constitution. Each
amendment must be drafted by the Secretary and presented to the President.
The President then has the duty of presenting the proposal to the Voting
Members who then will vote on it. A majority vote (50% + 1) is required
to pass the amendment. The President then has the right to veto the amendment.
If the amendment passes through both processes then it is the duty of the
Secretary to record the amendment into the SFT Constitution. All amendments
must be approved by the Secretary of Registry.
The President: The Presidentís duties include but are not
limited to being the official representative of SFT, ensuring the well
being of the organization, ensuring that the organization adheres to the
SFT Constitution. The President carries the Signature of Responsibility.
It is the Presidentís duty to present matters that need to be voted on
to the Voting Members during each meeting. The President has exclusive
veto power but is not afforded a vote unless in a tie-vote that needs to
be decided in which case the President is afforded one vote.
The Secretary: The duties of the Secretary include but are
not limited to creating, assessing, storing and safekeeping of all SFT
documentation and documentation associated with the organization. It is
the duty of the Secretary to keep records of the activity of SFT. The Secretary
is responsible for amassing and recording proposals to be voted on and
presenting them to the President. The Secretary is afforded one vote. In
the case where the President is not able to perform his/her duties the
Secretary shall fill both positions until a suitable replacement can be
The Treasurer: The duties of the Treasurer include but are not limited
to the righteous handling of all SFT monetary transactions. It is the Treasurerís
duty to precisely keep records of these transactions. The Treasurer will
also hold the Signature of Responsibility. The Treasurer is afforded one
vote. In the case that the Secretary should not be able to carry out his/her
duties the Treasurer will fill both positions until a suitable replacement
can be elected.
Ratification: During the first meeting of the Students
for a Free Tibet there shall be a vote to ratify the SFT Constitution.
Only those who are undergraduate UMass students are afforded a vote. At
least ten votes and a majority of votes (50% +1) are required to ratify
the SFT Constitution. An official copy must be made available to the Secretary
of the Registry who requires to approve the constitution and the ratification
vote before it can be implemented. A copy of the Students for a Free Tibet
Constitution must be made available to every member.