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  Tibetan PM and Uyghur's Rebiya Exhort Uncompromising Truth
  May 28, 2010 (Friday) 2:45-4:30 pm
  Cubberley Auditorium | Stanford University

  Organized by Friends of Tibet

(This photo essay is on CNN i-Report. Click for details.
This photo is also on Stanford University News. Click for details.)

Uncompromising Truth Exhorted by Tibetan Prime Minister

Samdhong Rinpoche, Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-exile

"Our commitment to Non-Violence under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is quite sincere," said Professor Venerable Samdhong Rinpoche (and to Tibetans as the 5th Samdhong Rinpoche), Prime Minister of the Tibetan Government-in-exile from the hilltops of Dharamsala.

The eminent scholar, philosopher and author of the 2006 book "Uncompromising Truth for a Compromised World" then discussed the conditions in Tibet since the 1950's when he went into exile in India along with the 14th Dalai Lama. The importance of continued non-violence or peaceful resistance was underscored.

Rebiya Kadeer, Prominent Uyghur Activist, with Interpreter Alim Seytoff

Clayborne Carson - Director of Martin Luther King Institute

Besides the Tibetan Prime Minister, the panelists included Rebiya Kadeer, a prominent political activist and President of the World Uyghur Congress since 2006, as well as Stanford history professor and scholar Clayborne Carson, who is also Director of the Martin Luther King Institute.

Kadeer has been active in defending the rights of the largely Muslim Uyghur minority, who she says has been subject to systematic oppression by the Chinese government. Kadeer is currently living in exile in the United States.

Professor Carson briefly retraced the non-violent civil rights movement led by Dr Martin Luther King.

The panelist discussed the different types of nonviolent approaches to resolving an issue and why nonviolent direct action is useful and necessary in the context of the political movements. Each panelist gave an insightful history pertaining to their struggle.

The speakers exemplify diversity not only experience and identity but also diversity in thought and approaches to nonviolent activism.


Tibetan and Uyghur Unite

Robert Moreeras Engrossed

3 year-old Uyghur girl, Rabia Alfira, from Concord

Rabia with 14 year-old Sister, Afeila

The event was well attended by Stanford students and attracted activists from the community. Quite a few Tibetans and Uyghurs including 3 year-old Rabia Alfira and her sister Afeila (14) came all the way from Concord.

Stanford Grad Student George Qiao Questions


A lively questions and answers period followed with some pointed questions from the audience. George Qiao, a PhD candidate in History questioned whether the presentation from Kadeer was balanced. The panelists stayed behind to have a dialogue with the attendees.

Hopefully, such exchanges will improve the understanding of different enthic groups in China and the world.

Old and Young Rebiya (Rabia)

Patriotic Rabia

Rebiya with Uyghur Community

Rebiya with Joshua Fouse and Sarah Goldman

(This photo essay is on CNN i-Report. Click for details.
This photo is also on Stanford University News. Click for details.)

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