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Eight Nobel Peace Laureates Support His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Meaningful Autonomy for Tibet

October 28, 2009

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 27, 2009

Dharamshala: A group of Nobel Peace laureates
today expressed their support to His Holiness the
Dalai Lama's non-violent efforts to achieve
meaningful autonomy for the Tibetan people, and
called on the Chinese government to implement
laws that are enshrined in the Chinese
constitution for a legitimate and meaningful autonomy for all Tibetans.

Eight Nobel Peace laureates -- Jody Williams,
Shirin Ebadi, Mairead Corrigan Maguire,
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchu Tum,
Adolfo Perez Equivel, Betty Williams and Wangari
Maathai - were the signatories of the statement
supporting His Holiness the Dalai Lama and the
Tibetan people. Amongst them, Mairead Maguire,
Jody Williams and Shirin Ebadi, handed over the
letter to His Holiness the Dalai Lama during a
public ceremony hosted by them in honour of His
Holiness and the people of Tibet in Dharamsala today.

The statement said: "For 50 years, His Holiness
the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan people have waged
a peaceful struggle to  preserve their ancient
culture, religion, language, and identity. As the
issue of Tibet remains tragically unresolved and
Tibetans continued to endure harsh and repressive
conditions in Tibet, we, as Nobel Peace
Laureates, wish to express our grave concern
about the survival of Tibetan identity and offer
our support to His Holiness for his non-violent
efforts to attain meaningful autonomy for the Tibetan people."

"The distinct culture of Tibet embodies universal
values of compassion, tolerance, and a profound
understanding of our interdependence with all
living beings. These qualities have much to offer
the world as we seek to build a more peaceful,
just, and sustainable global community in the 21st century.

"While the Tibetan people continue to face a dark
and painful chapter in their history, they have
succeeded in preserving their cultural traditions
in exile and contributing their knowledge to many
fields of human endeavor. As the world has
benefited from His Holiness the Dalai Lama's
wisdom and moral authority, it is fitting that we
honor him, and that we stand behind him now to keep the issue of Tibet alive.

"We urge the Chinese government to take immediate
and constructive steps to resolve the status of
Tibet and end the oppressive policies that
continue to marginalize and impoverish Tibetans
in their own land. By implementing laws that are
enshrined in the Chinese constitution for a
legitimate and meaningful autonomy for all
Tibetans, the Chinese government will make great
strides in securing peace and unity in their country.

"We commend the Tibetan people for their courage
and resilience in the face of untold suffering
and we urge peace-loving people around the world
to lend their support so that authentic Tibetan
culture may once again flourish in its homeland
and survive as a valued part of our global heritage."
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