Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tibetan Wins Human Rights Essay Contest in UK
Thupten Palden, a Tibetan student in London, has won the 2008 UK human rights hero essay competition.
Thupten, who is a recipient of Pestalozzi Scholarship to study in UK, was presented the honor by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office in London.
Marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the United Nations Association of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (UNA-UK), which is the leading independent policy authority on the UN, held an essay competition entitled “Who is your human rights hero”?
Thupten wrote his essay on Woeser, a well-known Tibetan author who lives under constant surveillance in Beijing.
"It is common for people to violate the rights of others because the victims are ignorant of their basic rights," Thupten said after receiving the award.