May 10, 2000 Geneva, NY -Palden Gyatso, a 64 year-old Tibetan monk, will visit Hobart and William Smith to talk about the life of the people in Tibet after the Chinese invasion of 1950 and subsequent occupation since then. He also comes to discuss his experience having served 33 years in Chinese jails, and will show the devices used by the Chinese jailers to torture prisoners. The former Tibetan political prisoner will speak at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, in Albright Auditorium on the HWS campus. The event is free and the public is invited.
The Venerable Palden Gyatso spent more than three decades in Chinese prisons and labor camps in Tibet before escaping to the Tibetan exile community in Dharamsala, India. Like many others, he was held on suspicion of supporting Tibetan independence. He was frequently tortured by Chinese authorities. At the time of his escape to India, he smuggled out various torture instruments used on him by the Chinese authorities, including electro-shock weapons. His testimony is part of a larger history of human rights violations that continue to occur in Tibet today.
Gyatso's visit is sponsored in part by the Hobart and William Smith student chapters of Refuse & Resist! and Amnesty International.
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