Human Rights Day Commemorated
December 10 is commemorated as human rights day all over the world, however among the Tibetan public, the day has other significance as the anniversary of Nobel Prize for Peace conferred to His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet in the year 1989. On December 11, Gu-Chu-Sum Movement Association of Tibet organized a half day event at the Sherab Gatsel Lobling to commemorate the Human Rights day.
The event started off at 9 o’clock in the morning with an introduction of the organisation and significance of the day by president of the organisation Ms Lhagyari Namgyal Dolkar, followed by a round of extempore public speaking among the students grouped into five teams. Each team was represented by two speakers and was made to speak on a wide range of topics related to Tibet and its struggle for freedom in a time frame of 5- 7 minutes each. Mr Sonam Dorjee, executive member of the organisation monitored and controlled the flow of the event.
Following the extempore public speaking competition, the entirety of students present were distributed a piece of fabric each and were requested to draw or write down their aspiration and dreams which can be either in the form of a drawing or writing. Students were permitted an hour’s time to put out their visions and aspirations on the cloth and later the pieces of fabric were stitched together to create a Quilt of Dreams; a project of Gu Chu Sum on the visual representation of Tibetans’ aspirations in exile.
Later, after a short tea break following the completion of the Quilt of Dreams, the students were regrouped into their designated teams to start off the quiz competition to conclude the event. Two representatives from each team are invited upon stage. A wide variety of questions from different subjects including Tibetan history, religion, language, literature, politics and Tibetan freedom movement were prepared by Mr Dawa Tashi, vice-president of the organisation.The winner of the quiz competition was awarded a consolation cash prize while participants of extempore public speaking were each gifted two volumes of political prisoners biography published by Gu Chu Sum Movement Association of Tibet.
The day was an opportunity to hear the views of recently arrived Tibetans from Tibet and explain to them the essence of Human Rights to each human especially Tibetans during such a juncture of our freedom movement.