Lhadon in the Media

Recent Articles:

Lhadon profiled in the 01/17/09 edition of France’s Elle Magazine:


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Lhadon’s quote on China’s recent shooting of a young monk from Kirti monastery after he self-immolated:

“This desperate action is a reflection of the intense frustration and pain that all Tibetans are feeling after nearly a year of being mercilessly targeted and oppressed by the Chinese authorities and after having endured 50 years of subjugation at the hands of the Chinese government.”

- Sydney Morning Herald, February 29. 2009

Interviews with Lhadon about the Beijing 2008 Olympics:

Lhadon on The Hour with George Stroumboulpoulos 5/12/08

PBS’ Religion & Ethics Newsweekly 6/27/08

CBC News profile of Lhadon

Boingboing.net on Lhadon’s reporting from Beijing on one-year countdown to Olympics 8/8/07

Lhadon on Canada AM from Beijing 8/7/07

Some Quotes from Lhadon:

“He’s young,” says Lhadon Tethong, the executive director of Students for a Free Tibet, which has 30,000 members worldwide. “Everyone talks about this. He’s clearly a strong, dynamic character in Tibetan life, not just religious life, but spiritual and political life. He represents a new generation that continues to defy Chinese efforts to control Tibetans.”

-“Tibet’s Rising Son”, Newsweek, March 2, 2009

“The Olympics is an opportunity to push China for change, and it’s our responsibility to take the mask off the face of the Beijing regime,” says Lhadon Tethong, executive director of Students for a Free Tibet in Kathmandu. “These four detained activists are just the beginning of a wave of protest” leading up to the 2008 Games.

- “The Olympic Effect”, Newsweek International, July 2007

“The Chinese government hopes to use the 2008 Olympic Games to conceal the brutality of its occupation of Tibet and win the international community’s acceptance as a modern power on the world stage,” Lhadon Tethong of the Kathmandu-based Students for a Free Tibet said on Wednesday.

“The International Olympic Committee has no business promoting the Chinese government’s political agenda by allowing the torch to be run through Tibet,” Lhadon Tethong said.

- “Olympic Torch for Everest, but doubts over Taiwan Leg”, EBCN, May 2007

Lhadon Tethong of Students for a Free Tibet spoke of the urgency Tibetans feel as their population dwindles and their culture is chipped away and the U.S. government goes along with it, claiming that China will change once in the WTO and subject to the pressures of globalization. ” ‘Constructive engagement with China’ is Clinton’s buzzword,” said Tethong, “but China has a strike-hard campaign in which people are arrested for any infraction—having a photo of the Dalai Lama, or participating in silent prayer.”

- “Attack of the Killer Kapitalists”, November 1999