The Walk for Tibet begins in Taipei tomorrow. It will cover 400 kilometres over 13 days before finishing in Kaohsiung. The walk aims to share a message of world peace, human rights, and the Tibetan struggle for independence.
The walk is led by Jigme Norbu, son of the late Takster Rinpoche and nephew of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Jigme Norbu has led peace walks and bike rides in North America to promote the issue of Tibetan independence. Jigme’s father also led similar walks in the United States. Tenzin Jamyang, former president of the Tibet Alliance of Chicago, will also join the walk.
The start of the walk coincides with Human Rights Day. There will be a press conference at Longshan Temple in Taipei at 9am on Friday 10 December before the walkers start on the first day. There will also be evening talks in some of the cities the walk passes through. The walk finishes in Kaohsiung on 22 December. There will also be a candlelight vigil in Taipei on 23 December. A schedule with the daily starting and finishing points and details of the evening talks is here.
Also on Human Rights Day, President Ma Ying-jeou will present the Asia Democracy and Human Rights Award in Taipei. This annual prize is awarded by the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy. In 2010 the award goes to the Rescue Foundation, an Indian NGO that works to rescue teenage victims of human trafficking.