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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

Tibet Festival Observed in Geneva

October 7, 2008

Tibet Custom
October 06 2008

Geneva -- La Porte du Tibet, a Geneva-based Tibet Support Group and
City of Onex in the French speaking part of Switzerland organized a
one day Tibet Festival on 4 October. The main aim was to create
awareness of Tibet's unique cultural and the plight of Tibetans in
occupied Tibet. Geneva is a city with host of International
institutions with multicultural inhabitants.

Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen, the Envoy of His Holiness the Dalai Lama
briefed the local politicians including the mayor of Commune de
Pla-les-Ouates on the Sino-Tibetan dialogue and the deteriorating
situation inside Tibet.

Both Mr. Kelsang Gyaltsen and Ms. Phuntsog Nyidron, a former
political prisoner and the recipient of 1995 Rebook Human Rights
Award addressed over 100 audiences during the afternoon conference.
Envoy Mr. Gyaltsen spoke about the ongoing dialogue with China and
also the appalling human rights situation in Chinese occupied Tibet
following March 10th uprisings.

Ms. Phuntsog Nyidron narrated her personal experience of torture for
over 15 years in Chinese prison in Tibet. While in prison she was
regularly electrocuted with live electrical wires attached to her
fingers and beaten by iron rod and live electric-prod. When she fell
unconscious, cold water was splashed at her face to wake her up by
the prison guards. During these horrific tortures, not a drop of
water was given to her. Also during the initial month in prison, the
prison guards poked shoe-sewing machine needles on her fingers. She
also said that Chinese prison guards treated Tibetans even worse than animals.

Ms. Nyidron was arrested along with other Tibetans nuns for shouting
"Long Live the Dalai Lama" and "Free Tibet". She was released from
prison in 2004 but remain at home under constant Chinese police
surveillance for two years. In March 2006, she was allowed to travel
to United States of America to receive medical treatment due to ill
health as a result of torture while in custody. She now lives in Switzerland.

A Tibetan cultural evening was performed by a group of Tibetan
artists lead by Mr. Nelung Tsering Topten from Switzerland. The group
entertained the audience with different Tibetan traditional songs,
dance including the famous Yak dance.

The Tibet Festival concluded with the screening of documentary film
"History of Tibet" in French version. Over 250 people of all ages
attended this event.
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