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ICT to honor long-time activist for Tibet Grace Spring with Light of Truth Award

February 5, 2018

In consideration of her many decades of contribution in putting a spotlight on Tibet, the Boards of the International Campaign for Tibet have decided to bestow Grace Spring with a special Light of Truth Award.

Grace Spring is an artist, an activist and a Tibetan supporter who for more than 10 years held a solo vigil every Friday morning in front of the Chinese Embassy in Washington with a Tibetan national flag and a placard, drawing attention to the plight of the Tibetan people.

In an interview to the Washington Post in December 1989, Grace said she initiated the vigil after the Chinese Government’s clampdown on Tibetan demonstrators in Tibet in 1987. “I asked myself what is possible for me to do as an American, just by myself,” Spring told the Washington Post. “It only takes one witness. I stand there, carrying the Tibetan flag and a sign.”

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Dalai Lama expresses sadness at the death of German who supported Tibetan Education

October 6, 2014

The Dalai Lama has expressed his condolences to the family of Mrs Irmtraut Wäger, who dedicated her life to the education and welfare of Tibetans in exile, following her death on October 2 at the age of 94.

Mrs Wäger, known as ‘Ama’ (mother in Tibetan), was the recipient of the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth of award in recognition for her work over 40 years as Chairperson of German Aid to Tibetans (Deutsche Tibethilfe e.V. ).

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The passing of ‘Phodo Kusho’

September 24, 2013

Robert Ford, who was serving the Tibetan Government when Communist Chinese forces began their invasion, has died in London on September 20, 2013 at the age of 90.

Robert Ford was working as a radio officer in Kham for the government of Tibet in the 1940s, in charge of setting up Tibet’s first broadcasting station and training Tibetan radio operators. He was captured by advancing PLA troops in 1950 after an earthquake cut off a planned escape route. During nearly five years of imprisonment, Ford was subjected to interrogation and ‘thought reform’ and was in constant fear of execution. He spent four years in jail before the Chinese allowed him to write a letter home to his mother telling her he was alive. After being sentenced in 1954 to a 10-year term for “espionage,” he was released in 1955 and expelled.

Robert Ford received ICT’s Light of Truth award from the Dalai Lama in April 2013 in acknowledgment of his tireless advocacy on behalf of Tibet for more than half a century. Mr. Ford said: “I am a member of a rather exclusive club of Westerners who have the privilege and good fortune to see, know and witness a free Tibet before 1950. I spent some of the happiest days of my life in Tibet. The Tibet that I found when I first went there in 1945 was vastly different to the Tibet of today. It was an independent country with its own government, its own language, culture, customs and way of life. … To me as an outsider, the most remarkable feature of Tibetans was their devotion to their religion and their unswerving support for His Holiness the Dalai Lama. Another striking feature was their remarkable self-reliance both in the material and the spiritual sense. Tibet valued its self-imposed isolation and independence. Its simple wish was to be left alone to run its own affairs in the way that it thought best.” (View footage of the full speech »)

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ICT Light of Truth Award ceremony brings together eminent individuals with historic connection to Tibet

Five remarkable individuals were presented with the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth Award by His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Switzerland on Saturday (April 13, 2013) for their outstanding contributions to the Tibetan cause. They included 90-year old Mr. Robert Ford, who witnessed China’s invasion of Tibet and had his first audience with […]

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Danielle Mitterrand has died; Tibetans lose a great champion

Danielle Mitterrand died today in Paris at the age of 87. Mme. Mitterrand was the widow of François Mitterrand (President of France from 1981-1995) and well known for her human rights work. She was recognized by His Holiness the Dalai Lama with the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth Award in 1999 “for unwavering […]

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Light of Truth award presented to legendary ‘bearded Khampa’ George Patterson

Scotland: The International Campaign for Tibet’s 2011 Light of Truth award was presented today to 90-year old author George Patterson, who earned legendary status as the ‘bearded Khampa’ for his support to Tibetan resistance fighters, and who became one of the first people to report the Chinese invasion of Tibet. The Light of Truth award […]

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Dalai Lama concludes Washington visit

The Dalai Lama left Washington, DC, on Saturday (October 10) after a packed agenda in the US capital that included meetings with Congressional leaders; acceptance of a human rights award from the Tom Lantos Foundation for his work for peace; the presentation of an ICT award to the late Julia Taft, former Special Coordinator for […]

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His Holiness the Dalai Lama presents Light of Truth Awards in Washington, DC

On behalf of the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), His Holiness the Dalai Lama yesterday presented the Light of Truth award to two recipients, the late Julia Taft, who was appointed Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues in 1999 as well as serving on the board of ICT from 2002; and to Wang Lixiong, the Chinese […]

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Dalai Lama honors group of Chinese for advancing understanding on Tibet

The first open public event of the Dalai Lamaπs visit to Washington, DC, next week is a major award ceremony on Wednesday, October 7. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and actor and activist Richard Gere are among those who will join the Dalai Lama onstage. The Light of Truth Award is given to individuals and organizations […]

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Tutu and Tintin to be honored by Dalai Lama

Amsterdam: The Dalai Lama will present the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth award to Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Herg Foundation, a non-profit association in the memory of the creator of comic book character Tintin, during the Tibetan leader’s visit to Brussels in June 2006. The Light of Truth award honors individuals and […]

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ICT mourns the passing of A.M. Rosenthal

ICT mourns the passing of A.M. Rosenthal, journalist and Tibet supporter. Mr. Rosenthal passed away on May 10, 2006 after suffering a stroke nearly two weeks ago. Throughout his journalistic career, Rosenthal had shown a deep personal interest in the Tibetan people. As an editor and then columnist at the New York Times, Rosenthal wrote […]

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ICT’s Light of Truth Essay Contest 2006

The International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) is holding the fifth annual Light of Truth Essay Contest (LTEC) in 2006. The contest seeks to recognize talented Tibetans and to foster debate as well as articulate innovative and practical solutions to pressing issues facing the Tibetan people. Winning essays will be posted on ICT’s website (www.savetibet.org) and […]

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Elie Wiesel to be honored by Dalai Lama during DC visit

The Dalai Lama will present Holocaust survivor, writer and peace activist Elie Wiesel with the International Campaign for Tibet’s Light of Truth award during the Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to Washington DC in November. The Dalai Lama will also present the award, which honors individuals and institutions who have made significant contributions to the public […]

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Winning essay of ICT’s contest highlights defects in administrative system in Tibet

The first winning essay in this year’s Light of Truth Essay Contest organized by the International Campaign for Tibet highlights systemic problems in the present administrative structure put in place for Tibetans in Tibet by China. Chokey Dolma, the author, who is a teacher at the Dolma Ling Institute near Dharamsala, suggests that the present […]

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International Campaign for Tibet announces winners of Light of Truth essay contest for 2005

Essays written in Tibetan were again the top winners in this year’s Light of Truth Essay Contest organized by the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). Chokey Dolma from Dolmaling Institute in Dharamsala secured the highest points with Ka-nyag Tsering from Kirti Jepa Monastery in Dharamsala in second position and Dorjee Wangchuk from Norbulingka Institute in […]

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Dalai Lama presents Light of Truth awards in Berlin

Former Czech President and dissident Vaclav Havel was among three award-winners today of the high-profile ICT Light of Truth award, presented by the Dalai Lama at the Schiller Theatre in Berlin today. On behalf of ICT, the Dalai Lama also presented the award to Dr. Otto Graf Lambsdorff of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Mrs. […]

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Dalai Lama arrives in Berlin to present ICT’s Light of Truth award

The Dalai Lama arrived in Berlin today to honor three prominent Tibet supporters with ICT’s Light of Truth award. On behalf of ICT, the Dalai Lama will present the award to Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic, Dr. Otto Graf Lamdsdorff of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation and Mrs. Irmtraut Waeger of Deutschen Tibethilfe […]

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ICT essay contest focuses on Chinese laws governing Tibetan areas

The International Campaign for Tibet’s fourth annual Light of Truth Essay Competition (LTEC) in 2005, announced on February 1, 2005, will address the issue of laws and regulations governing various parts of Tibetan territory. The contest seeks to recognize talented Tibetans and to foster debate as well as articulate innovative and practical solutions to pressing […]

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