Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile Mr Penpa Tsering with the visiting delegation at the Tibetan Parliamentary Secretariat on 9 May 2016.
DHARAMSHALA: A 12-member delegation from Kachin state of Myanmar visited the secretariat of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile on 9 May.
The delegation consists of legal advisors, journalists, human rights activists and co-founder of International Campaign for Tibet.
Speaker of the Tibetan Parliament, Mr Penpa Tsering met with the delegation and apprised them of Central Tibetan Administration’s Middle Way Policy, functions and structure of the Tibetan Parliament and the current situation inside Tibet.
Kachin, tribal peoples occupying parts of northeastern Myanmar (Burma) and contiguous areas ofIndia (Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland) and China (Yunnan). The greatest number of Kachin live in Myanmar (roughly 790,000), but some 150,000 live in China and a few thousand in India. Numbering about 1012,000 in the late 20th century, they speak a variety of languages of the Tibeto-Burman group and are thereby distinguished as Jinghpaw, or Jingpo (Chingpaw [Ching-p’o], Singhpo), Atsi, Maru (Longvo), Lachid, Nung (Rawang), and Lisu .
The traditional Kachin religion is a form of animistic ancestor cult entailing animalsacrifice. As a result of the arrival of American and European missionaries in Burma beginning in the late 19th century, a majority of the Kachin are Christian, mainly Baptist and Roman Catholic. Among the Kachin in India, Buddhism predominates.