• Petitioned Dr Michael Spence

This petition was delivered to:

Sydney University Vice-Chancellor
Dr Michael Spence

Sydney University: Stand up for academic integrity; let the Dalai Lama speak

    1. Petition by

      Australia Tibet Council

April 2013


Thanks to overwhelming support for this campaign, Sydney University has reversed it's decision. The Dalai Lama will now speak to the students on campus. Well done everyone.

My name is Sophie Bouris. I am studying human rights at the University of Sydney. I have many years of experience working with the Tibetan community.

You may have seen me on 7.30 on ABC TV last night speaking about my university cancelling a talk by the Dalai Lama on the importance of education.

The Dalai Lama is a champion of human rights, democracy and peace. In particular, he has made tremendous investments in the education of the Tibetan people. I can’t think of anyone more appropriate in today’s world to speak on these values than the Dalai Lama.

By bowing to Chinese pressure and withdrawing its support to host the Dalai Lama, Sydney University has seriously compromised its academic freedom and integrity.

Please join me in sending a strong message to the Vice-Chancellor of Sydney University to defend the values of our academic institutions and our free society.

 You can also post a message on the Sydney University facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/sydneyuni or tweet at them .

Thank you.


Recent signatures


    1. Reached 12,500 signatures
    2. Decision-maker Prof. John Keane responds:

      Prof. John Keane

      An institute bearing this name should be encouraging this student initiative. The date of 18 June may not be perfect, but if all parties accept it, the event should be allowed to go ahead. Whatever the spin, the actions of the Institute ...

    3. Reached 10,000 signatures
    4. Decision-maker Prof. John Keane responds:

      Prof. John Keane

      Free Tibet

    5. Decision-maker Prof. John Keane responds:

      Prof. John Keane

      Freedom of speech should not be sold to power and money.

    6. Reached 4,000 signatures


    Reasons for signing

      • about 1 year ago

      Liberty and fraternity for ali of us

    • Christine Dengate CARLINGFORD, AUSTRALIA
      • about 1 year ago

      To support this petition

    • Margot Wilson SPRINGFIELD, OR
      • about 1 year ago

      Because this is the right thing to do.

    • Sandy Large EDMONTON, CANADA
      • about 1 year ago

      The Dalai Lama speaks consistently about the need for all of us to treat all other creatures with kindness and compassion. This is important in its own right. In addition, having an intention to act with caring towards others requires us to be more intentional and empathic in our dealings with others. This type of approach has potential to decrease the number of times we all hurt each other through carelessness. Finally, the world and undoubtedly your city and campus, only benefit when there are more voices telling us to care for each other. It is always an error to silence such voices.

    • Tenzin Tsenpey DEHRA DUN, INDIA
      • about 1 year ago

      yuppie finally our voice reached .


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