The University of Sydney has withdrawn its support for a talk by the Dalai Lama - a global icon of peace and human rights. The only explanation for this shocking decision is that the University has caved into pressure from China.
We can't let the Chinese government and the University of Sydney's administration get away with censoring the Dalai Lama's message at one of Australia's most prestigious universities.
TAKE ACTION: Sign the petition below calling on Michael Spence, University of Sydney's Vice-Chancellor and John Keane, Director of the Institute of Democracy and Human Rights to immediately rectify their mistake and welcome the Dalai Lama to the University.
Welcome the Dalai Lama to Sydney University
Dear [Decision Maker],
I write to express my grave concern at your decision to block the Dalai Lama, a Nobel laureate and global icon of peace, from speaking at the University of Sydney. This decision can only have been motivated by Chinese government pressure and raises serious questions about your University's commitment to academic integrity and free speech.
It is difficult to imagine anyone more qualified than the Dalai Lama - one of the world's most respected leaders of all time - to speak to Australian students about the value of education in today's society. At a time when the Tibetan people are undergoing a life-and-death struggle for human rights and democratic freedoms, the values that your University's Institute of Democracy and Human Rights is meant to uphold, you are censoring the very discussion this Institute should be promoting.
I urge you to immediately rectify this mistake by welcoming the Dalai Lama to your campus.
[City, State ZIP]
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Letter from Students for a Free Tibet:
The Dalai Lama is a global icon of peace and human rights. Together, we can pressure the University of Sydney's administration to do the right thing and welcome the Dalai Lama to its campus.
It's shocking but true. On Wednesday we learned that the University of Sydney has blocked His Holiness the Dalai Lama from speaking on its campus.
The Dalai Lama was scheduled to give a lecture titled "Why Education Matters" for the University's Institute of Democracy and Human Rights in June, but the University unexpectedly withdrew its commitment to host the event and moved the talk off campus. This distressing turn of events is undoubtedly the result of Chinese government pressure.
TAKE ACTION: Sign a petition to the University of Sydney's administration urging it to welcome the Dalai Lama to its campus.
The Dalai Lama – a global icon of peace and one of the most respected leaders of all time – gives dozens of public talks and university lectures every year. It's common knowledge that the Chinese government routinely tries to coerce these institutions into canceling the event and blocking the Dalai Lama. While most refuse to kowtow to China's pressure in order to maintain their commitment to academic freedom, the University of Sydney appears to have caved in.
A university without academic freedom is not a university at all. In stopping this talk, Sydney University has put the interest of the Chinese government over that of its students and stakeholders. This decision is deeply offensive to all Tibetans and millions of people around the world who admire the Dalai Lama's lifelong work to promote freedom, human rights, inter-religious understanding, and world peace.
Let's send a global message to the University of Sydney: do the right thing now by welcoming the Dalai Lama. Your action will help restore dignity and academic freedom to the University of Sydney and will send a strong message to the Chinese government that it can't get away with exporting its oppressive policies.
With hope and determination,
Read: SFT's letter to University of Sydney's Administrationhttps://www.studentsforafreetibet.org/campaigns/political-action/sydney-university-must-not-bow-to-chinas-pressure
ABC News: Uni under fire for pulling pin on Dalai Lama eventhttp://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-04-17/uni-under-fire-for-pulling-pin-on-dalai-lama-event/4635720