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Dalai Lama commends Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for shining a light on human rights violations

December 12, 2018

The Dalai Lama has commended the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) on its 10th anniversary, praising its “positive contribution in shining a light on individuals throughout the world whose fundamental human rights are being violated by those in power.”

The message was posted on the TLHRC website after a December 11, 2018, anniversary reception.

“I have always looked to the United States as a champion of democracy, freedom, human values and creativity,” the Dalai Lama writes. “The U.S. is a leader among free nations, playing a pivotal role in the promotion of peace around the world. I commend the Tom Lantos Commission for its positive contribution in shining a light on individuals throughout the world whose fundamental human rights are being violated by those in power.”

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Dalai Lama’s message to global climate summit shows need for urgent action in Tibet

December 6, 2018

As a native of one of the world’s most beautiful and endangered landscapes, the Dalai Lama has sent his prayers and advice to the largest annual global climate change summit.

“We have to take serious action now to protect our environment and find constructive solutions to global warming,” the Tibetan spiritual leader wrote in a message to the 24th Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, known as the COP24 Climate Conference.

The event, taking place now in the Polish city of Katowice, has brought together delegates from nearly 200 countries to create a roadmap for implementing the 2015 Paris Agreement to combat climate change.

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The 13th Dalai Lama and Tibet

February 13, 2013 is the centenary of the visionary political statement on Tibet of the 13th Dalai Lama (1876-1933), including his historical assertion of the country’s independence. Professor Ngawang Thondup Narkyid, who was a Tibetan government official at the time of the People’s Republic of China’s 1949 invasion of Tibet and author of numerous books, […]

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Dalai Lama addresses European Parliament

The Dalai Lama addressed approximately 600 members of European Parliament today during a Plenary Session in Brussels. The Dalai Lama spoke on human values and the fate of Tibet. Commenting on European countries’ relations with China, the Dalai Lama said that while it is important to maintain close ties, “if you are a true friend […]

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Important statement by Dalai Lama ‘speaking truth to power’

The Dalai Lama has made an important statement about his role and Tibet’s future in which he admits that his faith in the present Chinese government is ‘thinning’. He also advances a historic precedent for a Dalai Lama by stating that Tibet’s future is “for the Tibetan people to decide, not for me as an […]

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The Tibet issue is one of six million Tibetans and not about Dalai Lama: Dalai Lama’s Office issues statement

The Office of His Holiness the Dalai Lama issued a statement today reiterating that the issue of Tibet concerns the future of six million Tibetans in Tibet and not the Dalai Lama. The statement followed comments made this week by Dong Yunhu, the Director General of the Seventh Bureau of the State Council Information Office, […]

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19th Anniversary Commemoration Rally of Tiananmen Square Massacre

Against the backdrop of a Goddess of Democracy statue, US lawmakers, human rights groups and Chinese democracy advocates converged on Capitol Hill Wednesday to mark the 1989 Tiananmen Square bloody massacre, calling for the release of all political prisoners in China. “Today we remember the heroes of Tiananmen and call for the release of all […]

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Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama to all Tibetans

Dharamsala April 6, 2008 While extending my warm greetings to all the Tibetans in Tibet, I would like to share some of my thoughts. 1. Since March 10 this year, we have witnessed protests and demonstrations in almost all parts of Tibet, even in a few cities in Mainland China by students, which are the […]

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Dalai Lama urges China to halt Tibet policies saying they are obstacles to unity of nationalities

The Dalai Lama has said that the Chinese government’s own actions relating to Tibet are posing major obstacles in the way of its policy of unifying nationalities. In his statement (see below) on March 10, 2008, on the 49th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising of 1959, the Dalai Lama outlined the various policies being […]

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Congressional Gold Medal Ceremony: transcripts of speeches

President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Speaker Pelosi, and representatives from both sides of the House gave unique tributes to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during the ceremony on Capitol Hill on October 17 to honor the Dalai Lama with the Congressional Gold Medal. Transcripts of the speeches are published below. The video includes the […]

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Congressional Gold Medal ceremony address

President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush, Speaker Pelosi, Senator Byrd, my fellow Laureate Elie Wiesel, Honorable Members of Congress, Brothers and Sisters. It is a great honor for me to receive the Congressional Gold Medal. This recognition will bring tremendous joy and encouragement to the Tibetan people, for whom I have a special responsibility. Their […]

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Dalai Lama’s message to memorial service for Nepal helicopter victims

The Dalai Lama has offered his condolences and prayers to all the families and loved ones of the 24 people from Nepal, Canada, Australia, the United States, Finland and Russia who died in a helicopter crash in Nepal on September 23, 2006. The accident took place when the group, which included a Minister of the […]

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Dalai Lama calls for dialogue on tragic global conflicts

The Dalai Lama has welcomed an initiative by The Washington Post and Newsweek to begin an online discussion about religion and has suggested that the “dialogue should not only be limited to conversations about different belief systems, but more importantly on how together we can make an effort to deal with some of the tragic […]

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Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 47th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

Today, as we commemorate the 47th anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day, I extend my warm greetings to my fellow Tibetans in Tibet and in exile, as well as to our friends around the world. I also pay homage to the brave men and women of Tibet who have sacrificed their lives, and who […]

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The Statement of His Holiness the Dalai Lama on the 46th Anniversary of the Tibetan National Uprising Day

On the occasion of the 46th anniversary of the Tibetan People’s Uprising, I convey my warm greetings to my fellow Tibetans in Tibet and in exile and to our friends around the world. During these more than four decades great changes have taken place in Tibet. There has been a great deal of economic progress […]

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Message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama on acceptance of the Geuzen Award

It gives me great pleasure to know that the Geuzen Medal for 2005 is to be awarded to the International Campaign for Tibet (ICT). Since its inception, the ICT has made a commendable contribution to the promotion of human rights and democracy in Tibet and supporting my non-violent efforts to find a negotiated solution to […]

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Dalai Lama says information technology can help broaden Chinese understanding of Tibet

The Dalai Lama has said that “information technology has far-reaching potential to help our Chinese brothers and sisters come to understand the Tibetan people better and appreciate our religion, culture and way of life.” In a message to an international symposium on Ethnic Relations During the Information Age held in Trinity College, CT, from November […]

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Dalai Lama says Olympic Games embody spirit of mutual respect and trust

The Dalai Lama has said that the Olympic Games provide an opportunity for the participants to achieve distinction in fair and honest competition through mutual understanding, respect and trust. In a message to a conference on Religion, Peace and the Olympic Ideal, which began in Greece on August 10, 2004 to coincide with the upcoming […]

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