Buddhist monk to share his experiences in prisons and forced labor camps in Tibet (Released: 4/30/96)
by Luis Mocete, Office of University Communications.
STORRS, Conn. -- A Tibetan Buddhist monk who spent 33 years in prisons and forced labor camps for his non-violent protest of China s occupation of Tibet will share his personal experiences at the University of Connecticut's Thomas J. Dodd Research Center at 8 p.m. Monday, May 6.
Palden Gyotso, who was released from prison in 1992, escaped to India with a collection of torture instruments routinely used by those who run Chinese prisons housing political prisoners. He has been traveling throughout the United States since January to increase the awareness of the predicament facing the people of Tibet.
Gyotso has appeared at several Amnesty International events inaugurating its year-long, world-wide campaign focusing on the long and extensive human rights abuses in Tibet and China.
He also participated in the recent walk by Tibetans from the Chinese Embassy in Washington, D.C., to the United Nations while the U.N. Commission on Human Rights held its annual conference. The walk was aimed at getting the United Nations to support the restoration of Tibet s independence.
Gyotso's talk, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Mansfield Chapter of the World Federalists Association and is part of the University s year-long observance of Fifty Years After Nuremberg: Human Rights and the Rule of Law.