Democracy, Human Rights and Governance program aims to promote and protect the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the Tibetan people and support human rights defenders both inside and outside Tibet. It seeks to strengthen the capacity of Tibetan institutions and governance including the CTA. Programs include activities to strengthen democracy, governance, information and international outreach, research and protecting and providing protection and shelter services to newly-arrived Tibetan refugees.
Major initiatives under this program include the Tibet Policy Institute (TPI), TibetTV, the support provided by the Departments of Health and Religion and Culture to support human rights defenders with living stipend, medical care to Tibetan torture victims and scholarships for traditional education. TPI serves as an intellectual hub and platform for Tibetan scholars across the globe to articulate their argument on the issue of Tibet and shape the perception of the international community and the policies of the various governments regarding Tibet and the Tibetan people. TPI organizes symposiums where it invites scholars and researchers to discuss various issues related to Tibet. A particular effort is made to convene young Tibetan research scholars and provide a platform to share their research and findings. It also provides support for Tibetan scholars to attend international conferences and meetings. TibetTV, a Web-based TV, was launched in August 2016 to cover and to broadcast news, teachings, cultural programs, education on democracy and activities of the CTA. The service features daily evening news in Tibetan, weekly news bulletin in English and Mandarin. A larger and more modern TibetTV studio is under construction in Dharamsala. Future plans also include developing more content and offering round the clock and more live coverage online.