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Dalai Lama meets former President Barack Obama in New Delhi

December 1, 2017

The Dalai Lama made a special trip from Dharamsala to the Indian capital New Delhi on December 1, 2017 to meet with former US President Barack Obama, who was on a visit to India.

Kasur Tempa Tsering, who is the India and East Asia Coordinator for Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama (and a member of ICT’s Board of Directors), told DIIR media that “His Holiness was very happy to meet his fellow Nobel laureate and also a friend”.

He added, “During the 45-minute meeting, both spoke about promoting compassion and altruism in human beings. His Holiness remarked that basically human beings are compassionate in nature but it is the kind of education imparted that makes the binary between you and me and instils a sense of selfishness and self-centeredness. Both the peace laureates discussed the kind of future they envision for the world.”

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The Dalai Lama Meets President Obama and Bipartisan Congressional Leadership, Reflecting Continued Support for Tibetans’ Rights

June 17, 2016

The Dalai Lama visited Washington, D.C. from June 12 to 16, 2016 during which he met with President Barack Obama, House Speaker Paul Ryan, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a bipartisan group of members of the House of Representatives and the Senate. Additionally, His Holiness visited American University and addressed a packed Bender Arena on “A Peaceful Mind in a Modern World,” and interacted with youth leaders at the US Institute of Peace and National Endowment for Democracy. The NED event bestowed posthumous honors on the late Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, who died in prison in July 2015 after 13 years of detention, and on the Central Tibetan Administration.

The International Campaign for Tibet was privileged to host a conversation between the Dalai Lama and our Board Chairman Richard Gere in front of a group of 200 invited members.

The Dalai Lama’s meeting with Congressional leaders on June 14 and with President Obama on June 15 are a reflection of the continued sympathy and support for the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people that exist within US institutions and the American public.

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President Barack Obama meets with His Holiness the Dalai Lama

June 15, 2016

President Barack Obama met with the Dalai Lama this morning (June 15, 2016), marking the fourth time the two Nobel Peace Prize Laureates have met at the White House since Obama took office. President Obama expressed support for the Dalai Lama’s Middle Way Approach during their discussion, and encouraged direct dialogue between the Dalai Lama and his representatives and Chinese authorities.

The official White House readout notes several details from their conversation regarding Tibet:

The President and the Dalai Lama discussed the situation for Tibetans in the People’s Republic of China, and the President emphasized his strong support for the preservation of Tibet’s unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions and the equal protection of human rights of Tibetans in China. The President lauded the Dalai Lama’s commitment to peace and nonviolence and expressed support for the Dalai Lama’s “Middle Way” approach.

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11 Members of Congress Urge Secretary Kerry to Raise Cases of Tibetan Political Prisoners with Chinese Government

April 1, 2016

On March 31, 2016, as President Barack Obama met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Washington, D.C., 11 Members of Congress sent a bipartisan letter to Secretary of State Kerry urging him to raise the cases of three Tibetan political prisoners — Khenpo Karma Tsewang (also known as Khenpo Kartse), Lobsang Kunchok, and Thabkhe Gyatso—with the Chinese government.

The letter urged the United States “to raise their cases with the Chinese government, make every effort to obtain information about their whereabouts and health status, press for necessary medical treatment, and prioritize their release.”

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ICT calls on President Obama to raise Tibet in meeting with Xi Jinping and at Nuclear Security Summit

March 30, 2016

As world leaders converge on Washington this week for the fourth and final Nuclear Security Summit, the International Campaign for Tibet calls on President Obama to raise the situation in Tibet both in the bilateral meeting with Xi Jinping and at the Summit. This is an opportunity to reiterate concerns about the deteriorating situation in Tibet and to highlight the uncertainties over Tibet’s nuclear security due to China’s policies.

President Obama will meet with Xi Jinping tomorrow at a time when relations between the two countries are tense because of China’s military expansion in the South China Sea and other issues.

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Obama urges China to engage the Dalai Lama

October 1, 2015

On September 25, 2015, during a joint press conference at the White House with the visiting Chinese President, Xi Jinping, President Barack Obama urged China to engage the Dalai Lama and to preserve Tibetan identity, stating during his opening remarks: “Even as we recognize Tibet as part of the People’s Republic of China, we continue to encourage Chinese authorities to preserve the religious and cultural identity of the Tibetan people, and to engage the Dalai Lama or his representatives.”

President Obama said that during his discussion with Xi on human rights generally, he had affirmed America’s “unwavering support for the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all people, including freedom of assembly and expression, freedom of the press and freedom of religion.” Obama said he had “expressed in candid terms our strong view that preventing journalists, lawyers, NGOs and civil society groups from operating freely, or closing churches and denying ethnic minorities equal treatment are all problematic, in our view, and actually prevent China and its people from realizing its full potential.”

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NGOs urge Obama to stand with Chinese civil society ahead of Xi Jinping’s Visit

September 9, 2015

A coalition of NGOs, including International Campaign for Tibet, have expressed concern at the deteriorating human rights situation in China and are urging President Obama to “visibly stand with independent Chinese civil society by inviting members of that community into the White House in advance of President Xi’s visit,” which will take place on September 24-25, 2015.

In a letter to President Obama, the NGOs wrote, “We believe that visibly demonstrating support and solidarity for that community may bring individuals or their organizations relief from persecution, and in turn also protect their efforts on legal reform, the freedom of expression and religion, and other issues critical to a healthy, predictable US-China relationship.”

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Dalai Lama warmly welcomed by President Obama at National Prayer Breakfast

February 5, 2015

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama was warmly welcomed by President Obama in Washington DC when participating for the first time in the National Prayer Breakfast, an annual event sponsored by a bipartisan coalition of Congressmen and Senators and attended and religious authorities from all over the world.
  • It is the first time that the Dalai Lama and a U.S. President have been present together at a public event since the Tibetan religious leader was awarded the Congressional Gold Medal in 2007.
  • President Obama reiterated the support of the US Government to the Dalai Lama saying: “I want to offer a special welcome to a good friend, His Holiness the Dalai Lama who is a powerful example of what it means to practice compassion, and inspires us to speak up for the freedom and dignity of all human beings. I have been pleased to welcome him to the White House on many occasions and we are grateful to have him with us today on this occasion”
  • The invitation to the annual event, attended by religious representatives from all over the world, is a signal of the significance of the Tibet issue to the American government and society, and the Dalai Lama’s stature on the world stage. In a separate event, the Dalai Lama will engage in discussion today with Muslim leaders in Washington, DC (www.dalailama.com).
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Statement by Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet on the upcoming meeting between President Obama and President Xi Jinping in Beijing

November 11, 2014

Washington, DC – “While meeting China’s leader Xi Jinping in Beijing President Obama should take the opportunity to raise once again the issue of Tibet.

The situation continues to deteriorate in Tibet, where far too many political prisoners are unjustly detained and mistreated and where self-immolations have vividly reminded us the depth of decades of suffering and oppression. Religious freedom continues to be denied to Tibetans, while China goes on with its campaign aimed at denigrating the Dalai Lama.

The US Congress and the American people continue to be concerned with the situation in Tibet and overwhelmingly support the Dalai Lama and his quest for justice for the Tibetan people. President Obama should reflect this sentiment and voice the same while meeting President Xi Jinping, to make sure that basic human values are not forgotten in the great game of politics and diplomacy.”

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China: Obama Should Publicly Call for Individuals’ Releases

October 30, 2014

Nine Organizations Urge Tough Approach to Deteriorating Rights Environment

(New York, October 30, 2014) — In a letter released today, nine leading non-governmental organizations urge President Obama to take up the Chinese government’s crackdown on civil society as a barrier to bilateral relations on his upcoming visit to China. President Obama will meet with President Xi Jinping in Beijing on November 12.

The letter urges President Obama to publicly call for the releases of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife Liu Xia; Uighur economist and advocate of interethnic dialogue Ilham Tohti; human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng, who is not free despite having been released from prison; and Tenzin Delek Rinpoche, a Tibetan Buddhist leader whose health is reportedly deteriorating after a decade in prison.

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Dalai Lama engages with President Obama for third time

February 21, 2014

His Holiness the Dalai Lama met President Barack Obama today for nearly an hour at the White House. During the meeting, President Obama expressed his deep concern about the worsening human rights situation in Tibet, and reiterated his support for the preservation of the unique religious, cultural, and linguistic traditions of Tibet, according to a statement issued by the Central Tibetan Administration in Dharamsala this morning (February 21). It was the third meeting during President Obama’s presidency, and fourth time overall.

Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet, said: “This meeting affirms the long-standing friendship and respect of the United States toward His Holiness, his message, and his cause. American policy-makers understand that the stability Chinese leaders seek will not be fulfilled without a solution on Tibet. The steadfast U.S. support for dialogue and preservation of Tibet’s unique heritage is reflected both through this meeting and through its Tibet policy and programs. ICT will continue to work at the global level to strengthen the political support for the Tibetan cause, while China increases its pressure and influence on democratic governments worldwide.”

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Members of Congress urge administration to lead effort to end Tibet crisis

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives have written to President Obama asking that the “United States take a leading role and engage actively with partner nations on measures that could bring near-term improvements in the human rights situation in Tibet.” The letter, dated December 20, 2012, was authored by Representatives Jim McGovern (D-MA) and […]

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Tibetan leaders congratulate Barack Obama on his reelection as President of the United States

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and political leader of the Central Tibetan Administration Sikyong Lobsang Sangay have written to congratulate President Barack Obama on his election victory. In a letter to the President, the Dalai Lama wrote of his hope that President Obama would tackle global problems of common concern, “you inspired the world with […]

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“Spirit of reunion” as Dalai Lama meets President Obama

The Dalai Lama said today that there was a “spirit of reunion” at his meeting with President Obama at the White House today. Addressing friends and reporters at his hotel in Washington following the meeting, the Dalai Lama said: “Of course as President of the greatest democratic country so naturally [President Obama] is showing some […]

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Lhasa under lockdown as White House confirms President Obama and Dalai Lama meet tomorrow

Lhasa has been virtually sealed off and religious practices curtailed as the Chinese authorities seek to enforce the latest round of official commemoration of the anniversary of the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet. The White House confirmed today that President Obama has invited the Dalai Lama for a meeting tomorrow morning (July 16) in the Map […]

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Dalai Lama and President Obama to meet

The International Campaign for Tibet welcomes today’s announcement from the White House of a meeting between President Obama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama tomorrow, July 16, 2011. ICT appreciates the White House acknowledging the importance of a direct discussion between President Obama and His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and the strong voices in Congress […]

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ICT applauds human rights agenda in high-level Strategic and Economic Dialogue

The US commitment to the universal enjoyment of fundamental human rights, including in the People’s Republic of China, is trending up in the Obama Administration and was given a more prominent place among the wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues covered at the just-concluded Strategic and Economic Dialogue (May 10-11, 2011) in Washington, […]

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ICT statement on US-China summit: “a positive development for human rights and Tibet”

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is pleased that President Obama reasserted, in front of President Hu Jintao, the long-standing policy of the United States on Tibet, which supports a resolution through dialogue and the preservation of the Tibetan identity. ICT is eager to continue its advocacy following the summit, providing information on the situation […]

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