Minnesota Tibetans Honor International Human Rights Day

WHAT: Commemoration of 62nd International Human Rights Day

WHO: Rep. Keith Ellison, The Advocates for Human Rights, Minnesotans who’ve experienced persecution firsthand in Tibet, local leaders, area monks, and more than 100 supporters

WHEN: Friday, December 10 from 3:30PM – 5 PM

WHERE: St Paul State Capitol, The Rotunda

As Human Rights Crisis/ Violation Intensifies, Local Minnesotans Organize Unprecedented Gathering

Throughout Africa, particularly in Sudan and the Congo, mass killings continue. Dictatorships in Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, Tibet and China continue to repress their citizens. Congressman Keith Ellison, The Advocates for Human Rights, Minnesotans who have first-hand experienced persecution in Tibet, Local leaders, and area monks will offer personal testimony about the human rights crisis to commemorate the Human Rights Day on December 10, at the State Capitol (The Rotunda) from 3:30PM- 5:00 PM

This year we will highlight China’s escalating campaign of monitoring, arresting, and torturing of Tibetan writers, artists and intellectuals simply for critiquing the Chinese government’s unjustifiable policies and practices.

Also on Friday, December 10, 2010: a seat will remain empty at the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo, Norway. The chair of this year’s recipient, imprisoned Chinese writer and reformer Liu Xiaobo, will be vacant. A stark reminder of the Chinese government’s blatant disregard for human rights. We will petition for the unconditional release of Liu Xiaobo and all political prisoners in Tibet, in China and anywhere else in the world.

More than 1.5 million Tibetans have already died under the Chinese occupation as a result of factors including torture, starvation and execution. The government has also continued to assault religious freedom, which has resulted in the destruction of 6,000 monasteries, nunneries and temples.

The International Human Rights Day is organized by the Tibetan-American Foundation of Minnesota, the Advocates for Human Rights, the Tibetan Women’s Association, Students for a Free Tibet and the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress.

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