GENEVA, May 22, 2014 – Geneva-based human rights group UN Watch presented its annual Moral Courage Award tonight to Canadian cabinet minister Jason Kenney, one of the country’s most influential national figures, a decision that drew strong praise from the Dalai Lama, the Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Tibetan spiritual leader who sent a special envoy to the Geneva ceremony attended by UN officials, ambassadors, and community leaders.
“UN Watch honors Minister Kenney for demonstrating the courage to lead in upholding the founding principles of the United Nations, and defending the true principles of human rights,” said UN Watch executive director Hillel Neuer.
“When others have been silent while serial perpetrators of human rights abuses like Iran and Syria seek to hijack the UN’s human rights and anti-racism causes, Minister Kenney has been a clear and consistent voice for their millions of victims, opposing tyranny, hypocrisy and injustice.” Continue reading ‘UN Watch Honors Top Canadian Minister for ‘Moral Courage,’ Drawing Praise from Dalai Lama’
The Dalia Lama sent special envoy Tseten Chhoekyapa to honor Jason Kenney as he received UN Watch’s Moral Courage Award tonight in Geneva.
GENEVA, May 22, 2014 – The Dalai Lama, a former political prisoner and numerous other human rights and community leaders sent congratulatory messages to Canadian cabinet minister Jason Kenney upon receiving tonight’s 2014 Moral Courage Award from UN Watch at a Geneva ceremony.
Click here to read messages from former Chinese political prisoner Rebiya Kadeer, the Canadian Friends of Burma, African Diaspora Association of Canada, Vietnamese Canadian Federation, All Pakistan Minorities Association, World Uyghur Congress, and Federation for a Democratic China. Other messages follow below.
The Dalai Lama: “I have great admiration for your leadership, the concern and active support you have shown for the Tibetan cause, and your role in enhancing Canada’s diverse multi-ethnic and multicultural society… I have been impressed by your efforts to support the rights of oppressed people around the world.” Continue reading ‘Human Rights Activists and Community Leaders Praise UN Watch Award to Canadian Minister Jason Kenney’
I just received the press release below from a Tibetan activist group. The long-suffering Tibetan people desperately need the world’s help. Sadly, however, the chances that the U.N. will send a fact-finding mission to investigate China’s abuses in Tibet are between zero and nil.
UN Watch’s revelation yesterday that U.N. rights chief Navi Pillay is effectively refusing to meet with the Dalai Lama on his visit to Geneva next week is now sparking international attention. Continue reading ‘Ban Ki-Moon asked why U.N. won’t meet Dalai Lama in Geneva’