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His Holiness the Dalai Lama to address an international conference on Asia in Prague and receive a human rights award in Slovakia

September 9, 2009


Geneva, 8 September:

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will today begin a five days visit to Slovakia
and Czech Republic in Eastern Europe.

The first leg of the visit will be Bratislava, the capital city of Slovakia
where His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be presented the International Jan
Langos Award on 9 September. The award is in memory of the prominent former
Slovak dissident Mr. Jan Langos who challenged communism and totalitarian
regime in the former Czechoslovakia. The Jan Langos Award ceremony will take
place at the Pavol Orszagh Hviezdoslav Theatre in Bratislava.

The Jan Langos Foundation said, "the International Jan Langos Award is
bestowed on His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama in recognition of his lifelong
resistance against oppressive regime in China. Furthermore, the Foundtion
wants to recognise his consistent and non-violent struggle for human rights
and promoting the principles of love, tolerance and compassion worldwide."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will open an exhibition on Tibet on 9 September
and in the afternoon will give a public talk on Compassion at the Pasienky
sports indoor stadium in Bratislava.

On 10 September, His Holiness the Dalai Lama will travel to Prague, the
capital city of Czech Republic where His Holiness will address an
international conference on Peace, Democracy and Human Rights in Asia on 11
September. Nobel Laureates, international experts, diplomats,
Parliamentarians, scholars and writers will address the conference. The
one-day conference is organized by the Prague based organization Forum2000.

Nobel Laureates His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Ms. Jody Williams and Mr.
Frederik Willem de Klerk, former President of South Africa will take part in
the conference's discussion on Challenges for Peace, Democracy and Human
Rights in Asia. Ms. Paula Dobriansky, Former Under Secretary of State for
Global Affairs, U.S. State Department will moderate the discussion.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama and Mr. Václav Havel, the former Czech President
will meet on 11 September.
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