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UAA/UHRP News Update
10-03-05, 21:37
Incomparable Warriors: New book on Tibetan resistance to be launched by Richard Gere

International Campaign for Tibet

March 10, 2005

A new book giving a compelling 21st century perspective on the non-violent struggle for freedom in Tibet will be launched tomorrow in the Netherlands by the Chair of the International Campaign for Tibet, actor and activist Richard Gere, as part of a week of events in the Netherlands on today’s anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising on 10 March 1959.

The book Incomparable Warriors: Non-violent resistance in Contemporary Tibet offers compelling insights into the nature of Tibetan resistance against Chinese rule, by leading Tibetan, Chinese, Uyghur and Western novelists, poets and journalists including Dr Jonathan Mirsky, a leading China expert, Ma Jian, one of China’s finest contemporary novelists whose books are banned in China and Eliot Pattison, award-winning author of The Skull Mantra and other novels set in Tibet.

Incomparable Warriors - which takes its name from a line in a poem written by the 17th Karmapa when he was escaping from Tibet into exile in 2000 – is dedicated to the memory of five courageous nuns who died in the notorious Drapchi prison in June 1998 after suffering severe torture.

The book includes:

* eyewitness testimony and analysis on how the fierce nature of the Tibetan struggle against invasion was transformed into non-violence under the leadership of the Dalai Lama, by Dr Jonathan Mirsky, one of the world’s leading commentators on China
* a rare image of Tibetans participating in demonstrations with Chinese students at Tiananmen Square prior to the crackdown in June 1989
* a moving personal commentary on Tibet’s resistance by Chinese novelist Ma Jian, who writes: “…the more I saw of Tibet and the damage that Chinese rule had inflicted on the country, the more I understood the Tibetans’ hostility to me. For the first time in my life I felt that I was walking through a part of the world where I had no right to be”
* new voices from Tibet – outstanding contemporary poetry written in prison and smuggled out to the West
* an insider account of the increasing interest in the Dalai Lama in China
* a new account of the death of a group of nuns in Drapchi prison, Lhasa
* a message of hope from the Dalai Lama to young Tibetans in Tibet
* the new strategic alliances being forged between Uyghurs from East Turkistan and Tibetans in exile today by a leading Uyghur commentator in exile
* a powerful account of the inspiration Tibet offers to the world, by award-winning writer Eliot Pattison, who has written a series of thrillers including Skull Mantra set in Tibet

Richard Gere launched the report today at a press conference held to commemorate the presentation of an award, the Geuzen Medal, to the International Campaign for Tibet from an organization of Dutch resistance veterans who fought the Nazis during the Second World War. The award honors the work of organizations characterizing the spirit of resistance and repression.

Review copies of Incomparable Warriors: Non-violent resistance in Contemporary Tibet are available in hard copy format or as a downloadable pdf file here.

Notes for editors

1. ICT will consider requests for publication of individual articles in Incomparable Warriors: Non-violent resistance in Contemporary Tibet as features or op-eds, subject to the permission of the author(s)

2. Incomparable Warriors: Non-violent resistance in Contemporary Tibet is officially launched at a press conference in Vlaardingen, the Netherlands, today (11 March) by Richard Gere. The press conference commemorates the award of the Geuzen Medal to the International Campaign for Tibet honoring the work of organizations characterizing the spirit of resistance and repression, and coincides with a week of events at the Dutch Resistance Museum in Amsterdam at the time of the anniversary of the National Uprising in Tibet, which led to the Dalai Lama’s escape into exile in 1959 (See http://www.savetibet.org/news/tibetnews/newsitem.php?id=375 for further information on the Geuzen Medal).

Press contact:
Kate Saunders, Communications Director, ICT
1 202 785-1515 x 23; Mobile: 1 202 375 4389 or 44 7947 138612

International Campaign for Tibet
1825 Jefferson Place NW
Washington, DC 20036
United States of America
Phone: 202.785.1515
Fax: 202.785.4343

ICT Europe
P.O. Box 3337
1001 AC Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Phone: +31 (0)20 3308265
Fax: +31 (0)20 3308266

ICT Deutschland e.V.
Marienstr. 30
10117 Berlin
Phone: +49 (0)30 27879086
Fax: +49 (0)30 27879087

UAA/UHRP News Update
10-03-05, 21:53
This book can be viewed at the following link. http://www.savetibet.org/documents/pdfs/2005ICTResistanceReport.pd

11-03-05, 17:17
To savetibet.org:

I didn't find any information about East Turkestan on Tibetian sites.

I wonder, is that me who doesn't see anything or that's really the fact?

If it's real, then it's unacceptable. Presentation of both occupied regions should be mutual and parallel.

Hope you will put some information on the first page of your wonderful site.