“To deny people their human rights is to challenge their very humanity.”
- Nelson Mandela
“Democracy doesn't recognize east or west; democracy is simply people's will. Therefore, I do not acknowledge that there are various models of democracy; there is just democracy itself.”
- Shirin Ebadi
"Tibetans shall be happy in the land of Tibet, and Chinese in the land of China."
- Excerpt from the inscription of the Sino-Tibetan treaty of A.D. 821-823.
“Religious freedom is freedom of our thought”
- The 14th Dalai Lama
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“It means a great deal to those who are oppressed to know that they are not alone. Never let anyone tell you that what you are doing is insignificant.”
- Desmond Tutu
“In the days of democracy there is no such thing as active loyalty to a person. You are, therefore, loyal or disloyal to institutions.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
“Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience, and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”
— Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18
“When I am about ninety I will consult the high Lamas of the Tibetan Buddhist traditions, the Tibetan public, and other concerned people who follow Tibetan Buddhism, and re-evaluate whether the institution of the Dalai Lama should continue or not. On that basis we will take a decision.”