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On International Human Rights Day, Dalai Lama sends message of hope

December 09, 2017


To mark International Human Rights Day, commemorated annually on December 10, the Canada Tibet Committee is pleased to release a new video message from His Holiness the Dalai Lama.  In the short video, Tibet’s spiritual leader sends a message of hope to communities around the world who continue to struggle for equality, justice and freedom.

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“His Holiness urges us not to be discouraged by the anger and hate so prevalent in today’s world”, said Carole Samdup, Executive Director of the Canada Tibet Committee. “He reminds us that basic human nature is love, and for that reason there is hope for a better future.”

International Human Rights Day commemorates the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights on December 10, 1948.  The Declaration sets out universal values and a common standard of rights and freedoms to be enjoyed by all peoples and all nations.

When promoting human rights, the Dalai Lama often advocates for “universal responsibility”, a concept that reflects the Buddhist principle of interdependence.  Universal responsibility encourages every individual to bear spiritual, political and social responsibility for making this world a better place.

The video message of hope was filmed in Dharamshala, India, the Dalai Lama's home in exile.  It was a collaborative effort by an international team of Tibet supporters, including the CTC’s Eva Cirnu and System of a Down's lead vocalist, Serj Tankian.


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