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"On my part, I remain committed to the process of dialogue. It is my firm belief that dialogue and a willingness to look with honesty and clarity at the reality of Tibet can lead us to a viable solution."

His Holiness the Dalai Lama Honoured with International Freedom Conductor Award

February 8, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
February 7, 2010

Dharamshala -- The National Underground Railroad
Freedom Center announced Friday (5 February) that
His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama will accept the
International Freedom Conductor Award (IFCA) in Cincinnati, Ohio.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama, who won the Nobel
Peace Prize in 1989 for his unstinting advocacy
of freedom for his native Tibet, will be honoured
at a lunch at the Duke Energy Center on 20
October, said Freedom Center CEO & President, Donald W. Murphy.

"We are tremendously honoured and gratified that
His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, will accept our
Freedom Conductor Award, which goes to
individuals and organisations that have been
conspicuous and effective champions of freedom.
The Dalai Lama's tireless efforts on behalf of
Tibet -- and his life-long advocacy of freedom
and peace for all people -- are in the finest
traditions of those abolitionists who fought for
the eradication of slavery in the 18th and 19th Centuries," Murphy said.

Civil Rights pioneer, Rosa Parks, South African
Bishop Desmond Tutu and former Presidents Bill
Clinton and George H.W. Bush for their work to
raise money for survivors of Hurricane Katrina
and the South Asian tsunami, have also been honoured with the award.

"His Holiness the Dalai Lama will receive the
IFCA honor, speak and answer audience questions
at a luncheon event at the Duke Energy
Center.  Additional details about arrangements,
tickets, etc., will be released later," Murphy said.

In 1989 His Holiness was awarded the Nobel Peace
Prize for his non-violent struggle to resolve
issue of Tibet.  His Holiness has consistently
advocated policies of non-violence, even in the
face of extreme aggression. He also became the
first Nobel Laureate to be recognised for his
concern for global environmental problems.

Since 1959 His Holiness has received more than
100 awards, honorary doctorates, prizes, etc., in
recognition of his message of peace,
non-violence, inter-religious understanding,
universal responsibility and compassion.  His
Holiness has also authored more than 72 books.

About the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Situated in Cincinnati, Ohio, on the banks of the
Ohio River, the Freedom Center celebrates the
legacy of courage and multicultural cooperation
embodied in the story of the Underground
Railroad.  Of equal importance, the Freedom
Center uses a wide array of exhibits to educate
the public about the historic and continuing
struggle to establish universal freedom in both
the U.S. and around the world.  For additional
information, visit .
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