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"As long as human rights are violated, there can be no foundation for peace. How can peace grow where speaking the truth is itself a crime?"

Dalai Lama Honors Activists

October 10, 2009

Talk Radio News - October 7, 2009

By Marianna Levyash

The 14th Dalai Lama, Tenzin Gyatso, arrived at the Light of Truth Awards
Wednesday to honor and present awards to activists Julia Taft and Wang

The International Campaign for Tibet recognizes and salutes individuals or
institutions that have contributed to the needs of Tibet.

The late Julia Taft was praised for her active involvement in Tibetian
issues and in playing a crucial role for Tibetian human rights.

Wang Lixioung, who bravely risked himself and defied China to help organize
the petition "Twelve Suggestions for Dealing with the Tibetian Situation",
in which more than 300 Chinese signed. All of these signatures represent
people in the Republic of China that wanted to support Tibet and mark the
Chinese policies in Tibet as "mistakes".

The Dalai Lama was quoted as saying "I always say our supporters are not
pro-Tibetan but pro-justice, pro-nonviolence."

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and actor Richard Gere also
participated in the ceremony.
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