Tibetan writer Woeser honoured

Source: phayul.com

Prominent Tibetan writer Woeser has been awarded a Prince Laus Award for her works of poetry, novels and blogs, on the Tibetan’s people plight and giving them a voice to the world.

The honour, named after the late husband of Queen Beatrix of Netherlands, is awarded to those whose works have achieved strides and positive effects in their cultural and social field.

A press release by the Prince Claus Fund said: “Woeser is honoured for her courage in speaking for those who are silenced and oppressed, for her compelling combination of literary quality and political reportage, for recording, articulating and supporting Tibetan culture, and for her active commitment to
self-determination, freedom and development in Tibet.”

This is not the first award that Woeser has won for her efforts to report on the suffering of the Tibetan people. In 2007 she was award the Norwegian Author Union’s 2007 Freedom of Expression Prize, and in 2010 the Internal Women’s Media foundation 2010 ‘Courage in Journalism award however on both occasions she was not permitted to travel abroad to accept the accolades, with the Chinese government denying her a passport on the grounds of ‘national security’.

After her 2004 novel, Notes on Tibet, was published and subsequently banned by the Chinese Government after nine months for opinions deemed ‘harmful to the unification and solidary of our nation’, Woeser has maintained an active online presence through her blog.

She and her husband Wang Lixiong, a fellow outspoken critic and writer on Tibet, have been living in self-imposed exile in Beijing. In a recent interview with Radio Netherlands Worldwide, she described the atmosphere in Lhasa as one dominated by ‘fear’, she added “You inevitably become contaminated by it to the point where you dare not to do anything anymore. In Beijing I feel almost free. The scale of this emotional city dilutes the fear.”

Exile Tibetans-Nepal-Protest

TWA condemn unacceptable harassment on Tibetan woman activist by Nepalese Police

Exile Tibetans-Nepal-ProtestDharamsala, April 21: The slogan, “Save Tibet and stop the killing in Tibet” on the 42-year-old Tibetan woman activist, Sonam Choedon’s t- shirt led to unacceptable harassment when the Nepalese Police force her to undress in public.

It was Monday April 21 in Kathmandu when Sonam Choedon participated with approximately 30 Tibetans in a hunger strike for Tibetans in Ngaba and the monks of Kirti Monastery, following the Chinese Military’s crackdown over the past few weeks. During the protest  the Nepalese Police forced Choedon to undress. When she objected to the harassment, the police threatened to take all hunger strikers to prison. The harassment and use of power by the police, who demanded public humiliation of the Tibetan woman, is not only shameful but also completely unprofessional.

This harassment violates a number of articles within the Convention that Nepal signed and ratified in 1991, the Convention on the “Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women” (articles 1, 3 and 7). Even the “International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights “ states that “no one shall be subjected to inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment”. Other articles within the covenant that were ignored, were violation of freedom of expression, against threat of arbitrary arrests, right to peacefully assembly, and protection against discrimination. In addition, other violations of basic rights afforded by The Declaration of Human Rights are noted: Article 5, 9, 12, 14, 18, 19, 20, and 29.

TWA has drawn the attention of Kyung-what Kang (United Nation Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, National Human Rights Commission (NGRC)-Nepal, National Alliance for Human Rights and Social Justice, – Nepal, and The Human Rights Organization of Nepal (HRON)) to immediately consider an urgent action intervention to the Government of Nepal to address this issue and have the Nepalese police responsible for this discriminatory act apologize to the victim. TWA garnered the support of the Human Rights groups in taking a stand for Human Rights and support of the Tibetan activist community in clearly speaking out against such harassment and violation.