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Dalai Lama sends message of support to Kadeer

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Rebiya Kadeer, pictured with festival director Richard Moore, is seen as a terrorist by the Chinese Government.

Rebiya Kadeer, pictured with festival director Richard Moore, is seen as a terrorist by the Chinese Government. (AAP : Joe Castro)

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The Dalai Lama has sent a message of support to the subject of a controversial documentary screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival last night.

The film, The 10 Conditions of Love, documents the life of exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.

She is seen as a terrorist by the Chinese Government, which called for the film to be removed from the rundown of the film festival.

Federal Labor MP Michael Danby says he discussed Ms Kadeer with the Dalai Lama recently.

"He asked me to convey to you in Melbourne that she is another one of the national leaders who is a paradigm of non-violence," he said.

"He wanted to make it very clear to people that the claims of this woman being a violent person or instigating violence, is from his point of view, and with all of his authority, wrong."

There had been weeks of controversy in the lead-up to the film's screening, resulting in the film festival's website being hacked by Chinese protesters several times.

The Chinese Government went to the extent of contacting Melbourne Lord Mayor Robert Doyle to have the screening thwarted.

Meanwhile, Ms Kadeer will meet with federal politicians today.

Mr Danby says she is a strong person who is not easy to intimidate.

"I'll be very proud on your behalf to be bringing a lot of parliamentary colleagues together in a meeting with Rebiya, to see that members of the Australian Parliament also don't fall in front of intimidation and interference in Australian society. Rebiya, you're welcome in Australia," he said.

Greens leader Bob Brown told those who saw the film last night that that he is waiting to meet the President of China.

"We are in the presence with Rebiya Kadeer of an extraordinary powerful and motivating human being," he said.

"I only look forward to the next visit to Canberra of President Hu Jintao, so that we can take it right up to him in Canberra, that it is time for your family and the people of East Turkistan to be free."

Ms Kadeer, speaking through an interpreter, last night said she is not the terrorist the Chinese Government makes her out to be.

"I'm a mother, I'm a woman of peace, I have always been peacefully struggling for the freedom and human rights of the Uighur people, I will continue to do so peacefully, until the day when my people become free," she said.

Ms Kadeer says she does not see the film as political.

"It's the Chinese Government that politicised this, the film, and I think the media plays a very important role in basically highlighting our situation and covering our situation, so I'm very grateful for the coverage," she said.