Nobel Laureates Praise Tibetans’ Non-violent Freedom Struggle

Oct 01, 2014 17:59 | Poltics

I hope the Chinese government will free Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo from prison : Dr Shirin Ebadi

Dharamsala (Arvind sharma )

Dalai Lama said “I thank the two women Nobel laureates – Jody Williams of the US and Shirin Ebadi of Iran – for being trusted friends and their unwavering support for the just cause of Tibetans,” Tibetan spiritual leader  the Dalai Lama was addressing the huge gathering at the a celebration on Thursday to commemorate  the 25th anniversary of the conferment of Nobel Peace prize on  Dalai Lama at The Tibetan Main temple in Mecleodganj at Dharamsala India . Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace prize for leading a non-violent struggle to restore freedom in Tibet in 1989. Thousands of Tibetans and Indians and foreigners were gathered at Tsuglagkhang, the main temple, for festivity as part of the Year of His Holiness the Great 14th Dalai Lama event organised by the Central Tibetan Administration. The day was the occasion on Mahatma Gandhi’s 145th birth anniversary.

Two women Nobel laureates – Jody Williams of the US and Shirin Ebadi of Iran were also present in  this celebration to praise and support  the non-violent struggle of the Tibetan people to gain genuine autonomy through dialogue with China.

“Tibetans inside Tibet and in exile should know that we always support you,” said Nobel peace laureate Jody Williams, adding that the “non-violent struggle of Tibetans led by His Holiness the Dalai Lama is a model of peaceful conflict resolution.” Ms Jody said, “ 14 Nobel laureates pressurized South African Prime Minister to give visa to Dalai Lama  so that world Nobel peace  summit could be organized in South Africa ,the house of Nelson Mandela. We have protested so that a message could be sent to the nations who sell their soverenity to China. “ She said that majority of Nobel Peace Laureates are with Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet and will not support the pressure of China. “Nobel Women’s Initiative sent two letters to the organizers and we did media interviews expressing our dismay and decision to boycott the summit in Cape Town. In our letter, we underlined that His Holiness the Dalai Lama advocates the Middle Way Approach and not the Chinese government’s propaganda that His Holiness is seeking Tibet’s separation from China,” said Jody Williams.

Expressing her support, Dr Shirin Ebadi said she cherishes the way Tibetans in exile have preserved their culture under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. “We need to preserve the language and culture of Tibet to keep Tibet alive,” she said emphasising the role of culture and language in a freedom struggle.

“A day is not very far when we will be celebrating today’s occasion in Tibet in the presence of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. And on that day you will see Tibet is alive because His Holiness has encouraged you to keep the culture alive,” she added.

“I hope the Chinese government will learn what I have learned from His Holiness the Dalai Lama and free Nobel laureate Liu Xiaobo from prison,” she said.“The Chinese government should respect the rights of Tibetan and the ethnic minorities including Uyghur Muslims who have are leading a peaceful freedom struggle like Tibetans.”

Addressing the gathering, Tibetan political leader Dr Lobsang Sangay said:”Today is a very special day for the Tibetans inside Tibet. Every day they look forward to good news about freedom as they suffer political and religious repression on daily basis. Your presence here sends a message of justice, truth and freedom to them, which will give them hope and inspiration.”