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SFT deputy director speaks on Tibet in Japan

May 13, 2009

by Daisuke Ochiai
SFT Japan
May 11, 2009

Tenzin Dorjee, the Deputy Director of Students
for a Free Tibet, was in the Japanese capital
where he spoke about strategy and personal
experiences in the Tibet movement. Tenzin was
speaking at a two-day conference while visiting
Tokyo. Hosted by SFT Japan, the conference took
place at the National Olympic Memorial Youth Center near Shinjuku.

On the first day, SFT's Mount Everest Base Camp
protest video(April 2008) was screened. The
protest, planned in reaction to a lack of
improved human rights promised by the Chinese
Government, took place on April 25th, the
birthday of the Panchen Lama Gendun Choki Nyima.
Tendor discussed action planning, arrest, dealing
with the Chinese authorities, their weaknesses
and took questions from the audience.

The second day of the conference, May 10th, was a
panel group focused on discussing the topic "What
can I do to help Tibet?". Panel members included
Ms. Ayako Sadakane, an ethnologist who has worked
with Tibetan refugees in Nepal since the 70s. Ms.
Sadakane discussed the challenges of working with
refugees, obstacles put in place by government
pressure, and the need for human resources that
are not dependent on the government. Mr. Yukiyasu
Osada, who has spent much time working inside
Tibet as well as staff from Amnesty International
Japan's Tibet Team discussed their work and plans
going forward. Tendor then compared SFT action
techniques and drove home the point that
everyone, no matter how small, has something
unique they can offer to the Tibet movement.

When not at the conferences, Tendor also spent
time at Waseda University and the Japanese
Parliament promoting the Tibet cause before his return to New York.
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