News

Nobel Laureates Praise Aung San Suu Kyi at Chicago Summit

The Dalai Lama, right, looks at the remarks of Lech Walesa, former president of the Republic of Poland, during a news conference after the final session of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Chicago, April 25, 2012.
The Dalai Lama, right, looks at the remarks of Lech Walesa, former president of the Republic of Poland, during a news conference after the final session of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, Chicago, April 25, 2012.
Kane Farabaugh

Nobel Peace Prize laureates concluded their 12th World Summit, held this year in the Midwest city of Chicago, by appealing to youth to use non-violent means to achieve world peace. Laureates pointed to recent changes in Burma as an example of how non-violence can lead to dramatic changes.

Although she wasn’t physically present, newly elected member of Burma’s parliament Aung San Suu Kyi was very much on the minds of her fellow Nobel Peace Prize Laureates.


She recorded a video message for those gathered at Chicago’s Symphony Center.

“People have to have the courage to stand up and say this we will not tolerate,” she said.

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, was pleased with developments in Burma.

“We often expressed sadness Aung San Suu Kyi is not in our group," said the Dalai Lama. "Now, Aung San Suu Kyi is released, and the situation in Burma is really improving."

During a panel discussion called “World Peace and Non Violence: Never Give Up,” the Dalai Lama joined fellow laureate Jody Williams in honoring Aung San Suu Kyi for speaking out against injustice in Burma.

“Through her courageous stance on democracy, through non-violence look at what is being accomplished in her country,” said Williams.

The Dalai Lama says nonviolence has gained public support in China for his pursuit of what he calls “meaningful autonomy” for Tibet.

“So, our approach, is firstly, strictly, a non-violent way, secondly, middle way, so that really I feel brought a lot of support from Chinese people, Chinese public sector, so that I think is a positive, significant result,” he said.

But more than 30 Buddhist monks and nuns have set themselves on fire in recent months to protest Beijing’s rule of the region.

When asked at a post-summit news conference how long Tibetans will remain peaceful, he said the way forward lies in the hands of Tibet’s newly elected leadership-in-exile, based in northern India.

“So now, we utilize a democratic practice fully," he said. "So last year, I handed over all of my political authority and responsibility to elected leadership.”

He says that elected leadership has vowed to continue a “middle approach” in securing Tibetan autonomy, which encourages continued dialogue with the Chinese government, something he admitted in his earlier panel discussion hasn’t always been successful.

“I describe totalitarian regimes… no ear, only mouth, only lecture us," said the Dalai Lama."Never willing to listen to others view, others feeling.”

But others have plenty of opportunities to hear to the Dalai Lama speak. After concluding his current trip to North America this month, he will visit Europe in May for a series of public lectures.



This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriagei
X
May 21, 2015 4:14 AM
The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video Poverty, Ignorance Force Underage Girls Into Marriage

The recent marriage of a 17-year old Chechen girl to a local police chief who was 30 years older and already had a wife caused an outcry in Russia and beyond. The bride was reportedly forced to marry and her parents were intimidated into giving their consent. The union spotlighted yet again the plight of many underage girls in developing countries. Zlatica Hoke reports poverty, ignorance and fear are behind the practice, especially in Asia and Africa.
Video

Video South Korea Marks Gwangju Uprising Anniversary

South Korea this week marked the 35th anniversary of a protest that turned deadly. The Gwangju Uprising is credited with starting the country’s democratic revolution after it was violently quelled by South Korea’s former military rulers. But as Jason Strother reports, some observers worry that democracy has recently been eroded.
Video

Video California’s Water System Not Created To Handle Current Drought

The drought in California is moving into its fourth year. While the state's governor is mandating a reduction in urban water use, most of the water used in California is for agriculture. But both city dwellers and farmers are feeling the impact of the drought. Some experts say the state’s water system was not created to handle long periods of drought. Elizabeth Lee reports from Ventura County, an agricultural region just northwest of Los Angeles.
Video

Video How to Clone a Mammoth: The Science of De-Extinction

An international team of scientists has sequenced the complete genome of the woolly mammoth. Led by the Swedish Museum of Natural History in Stockholm, the work opens the door to recreate the huge herbivore, which last roamed the Earth 4,000 years ago. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble considers the science of de-extinction and its place on the planet
Video

Video Blind Boy Defines His Life with Music

Cole Moran was born blind. He also has cognitive delays and other birth defects. He has to learn everything by ear. Nevertheless, the 12-year-old has had an insatiable love for music since he was born. VOA’s June Soh introduces us to the young phenomenal harmonica player.
Video

Video Women to March for Peace Between Koreas

Prominent female activists from around the world plan to march through the demilitarized zone dividing North and South Korea to call for peace between the two neighbors, divided for more than 60 years. The event, taking place May 24, marks the International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament and has been approved by both Koreas. Zlatica Hoke has more.
Video

Video Drug Use Rises in Afghanistan Following Record High Poppy Crops

Afghanistan has seen record high poppy crops during the last few years - and the result has been an alarming rise in illegal drug use and addiction in the war-torn country. VOA's Ayesha Tanzeem has this report from Kabul.
Video

Video America’s Front Lawn Gets Overhaul

America’s front yard is getting a much-needed overhaul. Almost two kilometers of lawn stretch from the U.S. Capitol to the Washington Monument. But the expanse of grass known as the National Mall has taken a beating over the years. Now workers are in the middle of restoring the lush, green carpet that fronts some of Washington’s best-known sights. VOA’s Steve Baragona took a look.

VOA Blogs