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Dalai Lama sends message of support to Kadeer

August 11, 2009

ABC News (Australia)
Aug 9, 2009

The Dalai Lama has sent a message of support to the subject of a
controversial documentary screened at the Melbourne International
Film Festival last night.

The film, The 10 Conditions of Love, documents the life of exiled
Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.

She is seen as a terrorist by the Chinese Government, which called
for the film to be removed from the rundown of the film festival.

Federal Labor MP Michael Danby says he discussed Ms Kadeer with the
Dalai Lama recently.

"He asked me to convey to you in Melbourne that she is another one of
the national leaders who is a paradigm of non-violence," he said.

"He wanted to make it very clear to people that the claims of this
woman being a violent person or instigating violence, is from his
point of view, and with all of his authority, wrong."

There had been weeks of controversy in the lead-up to the film's
screening, resulting in the film festival's website being hacked by
Chinese protesters several times.

The Chinese Government went to the extent of contacting Melbourne
Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to have the screening thwarted.

Meanwhile, Ms Kadeer will meet with federal politicians today.

Mr Danby says she is a strong person who is not easy to intimidate.

"I'll be very proud on your behalf to be bringing a lot of
parliamentary colleagues together in a meeting with Rebiya, to see
that members of the Australian Parliament also don't fall in front of
intimidation and interference in Australian society. Rebiya, you're
welcome in Australia," he said.

Greens leader Bob Brown told those who saw the film last night that
that he is waiting to meet the President of China.

"We are in the presence with Rebiya Kadeer of an extraordinary
powerful and motivating human being," he said.

"I only look forward to the next visit to Canberra of President Hu
Jintao, so that we can take it right up to him in Canberra, that it
is time for your family and the people of East Turkistan to be free."

Ms Kadeer, speaking through an interpreter, last night said she is
not the terrorist the Chinese Government makes her out to be.

"I'm a mother, I'm a woman of peace, I have always been peacefully
struggling for the freedom and human rights of the Uighur people, I
will continue to do so peacefully, until the day when my people
become free," she said.

Ms Kadeer says she does not see the film as political.

"It's the Chinese Government that politicised this, the film, and I
think the media plays a very important role in basically highlighting
our situation and covering our situation, so I'm very grateful for
the coverage," she said.
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