Dhondup Wangchen at 2019 Geneva Summit

Dhondup Wangchen, Tibetan filmmaker and leading human rights activist who spent six years in Chinese prison for “subversion of state power” after filming life in Tibet under Chinese rule, addressed the 11th Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy after receiving the Summit’s prestigious Courage Award— see quotes below.

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11th Geneva Summit for Human Rights, Main Event, Tuesday, March 26, 2019

On importance of freedom:

“I realized the true meaning of freedom and how freedom is more important than one’s life.”

On abuse of Tibetans:

“Without the support I received from the international community, I would be long dead.”

“The moment the Tibetan person is labeled — that is just a dead body.”

“When I was arrested I thought I would be kidnapped and martyred and no one would know what happened to me.”

Message for the future:

“A day will come when Tibetans have control of their own destinies. Let us walk together.”

Dhondup Wangchen receives 2019 Courage Award