Sa Sainteté le Dalaï-lama est bien connue comme le leader spirituel du Peuple tibétain. Moins connu est son rôle d’avocat engagé pour les principes de démocratie et pour les réformes politiques introduites lorsqu’il a a renoncé à son rôle de leader politique du peuple tibétain, transmettant le pouvoir politique à l’Administration Centrale Tibétaine (CTA), le Gouvernement élu en exil. Le Dalaï-lama déclarait souvent que s’opposer au totalitarisme n’est pas suffisant et
qu’il est aussi nécessaire d’offrir une alternative démocratique.
Nous sommes enchantés d’accueillir Sa Sainteté à NED : il engagera la conversation avec quatre jeunes activistes dynamiques qui croient profondément aux principes de démocratie et des droits de l’homme et travaillent dans des environnements extrêmement difficiles pour promouvoir ces droits et principes.
NED présentera la Médaille du Service de la Démocratie pour honorer le travail courageux du Maître Bouddhiste tibétain Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, éminent prisonnier politique en vue, mort dans une prison du Sichuan en 2015.
Selon Human Rights Watch – Observatoire des droits de l’homme -, l’emprisonnement de Tenzin Delek en 2002 était le point culminant des efforts poursuivis durant une décennie par les autorités chinoises pour restreindre les efforts de ce leader spiritue, en vue de favoriser le Bouddhisme tibétain. Tenzin Delek était une inspiration pour les Tibétains luttant pour sauvegarder leur identité culturelle face aux terribles politiques coercitives imposées par la Chine. Cette cérémonie est aussi une opportunité pour reconnaître les réalisations démocratiques de l’Administration Centrale Tibétaine, qui a assumé l’entière responsabilité du Gouvernement Tibétain en Exil, après que le Dalaï-lama ait transmis son autorité politique en 2011.
Les intervenants :
Arzu Geybullayeva, Journalist, Azerbaijan
Rosa Maria Payá, Cuba Decide
Azaz Elshami, Sudanese Digital Activist
Rami Soud, Jordanian Activist
Brian Joseph, NED Senior Director, Asia
and the presentation of the
Democracy Service Medal
honoring the late
Tenzin Delek Rinpoche (1950-2015)
Rosa Maria Payá
is a young human rights and democracy activist hailing from Havana, Cuba. Since 2009 she has led a number of civil society activities in Cuba and was part of the coordinating team of the Christian Liberation Movement (Movimiento Cristiano Liberacion),
founded by her father, famed democracy activist and 2002 European Parliament Sakharov Prize winner Oswaldo Payá. Since the mysterious death of her father in a car crash in July of 2012, Rosa Maria has led an international campaign seeking an independent inquiry into his death and has traveled to dozens of international conferences and high-level meetings seeking greater international solidarity with Cuban democracy activists and the struggle for a free Cuba. Currently, she is head of the Cuba Decide
(Cuba Decides) campaign, which calls for the Cuban government to issue a plebiscite asking whether the Cuban people would like to hold free and fair elections for the first time in over 60 years. Most recently, in March of 2016, Rosa Maria and other members of the Cuba Decide
team personally went to the Cuban Parliament and presented more than 10,000 signatures calling for a national plebiscite. Since 2015 she has served as President of the Latin American Youth Network for Democracy, where she coordinates a series of pro-democracy and human rights events aimed at strengthening, defending, and consolidating democracy throughout Latin America.
Azaz Elshami is a Sudanese human rights and gender equality advocate. Influenced by years of living abroad, the formation of identity and its relation to conflict and peace building are among her main interests. She participated in numerous advocacy and academic platforms where she presented her views and analysis of youth movements, gender policies, and conflict dimensions in Sudan. Elshami advocates for Internet access rights and she has been an analyst for the Sudan Section of Freedom on the Net reports for 2 consecutive years (2015 and 2016). Elshami also develops and facilitates training on topics related to non-violent resistance, governance evaluation, and peace-building in conflict or post-conflict areas. Elshami is keen on learning about the impact of globalization and digital advancements on youth mobilization and social movements under authoritarian regimes and transitional democracies.
Elshami’s work with grassroots and civil society groups on developing advocacy campaigns, online and offline, yielded two significant milestones in her career: one was translating a book on strategic use of social media into Arabic, and the other was authoring the Sudan chapter component of the annual Freedom on the Net report (2015), a project by Freedom House that examines online freedoms and laws governing internet governance.
is a freelance journalist from Azerbaijan, whose reporting focuses on human rights violations and democracy issues in Azerbaijan. She has worked as a co-director at the ImagineCenter for Conflict Transformation, a non-profit organisation that promotes dialogue, cooperation and peace-building processes in conflict-torn societies including Armenia and Azerbaijan, and is the managing editor of the Neutral Zone, a platform for alternative voices from Armenia and Azerbaijan. She has written for Al Jazeera, Global Voices and the bilingual weekly Agos. She regularly writes for her English language blog, Flying Carpets and Broken Pipelines
. She is a regular contributor to Open Democracy, Meydan tv, Azadliq Radio and other independent media outlets, and manages Khadija Ismayilova’s live blog while Khadija is in prison.
is a Jordanian activist who believes that democratic values, dialogue, and knowledge-sharing are important for young people to get involved in social change and political participation in the Arab region. Rami is currently the Executive Director at Success Network 21
, which aims to spread the culture of success and prosperity and promote the concept of community leadership among young people in the Middle East and Africa. Prior to this role, Rami worked for HIKAYA Center for Civil Society Development in Jordan to develop programs, activities, and projects to serve young people in Jordan and to promote their participation in the development process. In 2014 Rami was a Hurford Youth Fellow at the National Endowment for Democracy where he worked on a six-month long project on “The Role of Youth in Social Change Process.” He currently lives and works in Amman, Jordan.