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NED to confer "Democracy Service Medal" on Dalai Lama

February 14, 2010

Phayul
February 13, 2010

New York, February 13 -- His Holiness the Dalai
Lama will be presented the "Democracy Service
Medal" by the US based National Endowment for Democracy.

The award is "recognition of the Tibetan
spiritual leader’s commitment to advancing the
principles of democracy and human dignity.

The award will be presented at a ceremony on
February 19 at the Coolidge Auditorium at the
Library of Congress in Washington, a day after
the Tibetan leader’s meeting with the US President Barack Obama.

??The award ceremony will be the only public
event that the Tibetan leader will attend in Washington.

NED President Carl Gershman said the Tibetan
leader has not only pioneered a democratic system
of governance in exile but also initiated reforms in independent Tibet.

The National Endowment for Democracy, or NED, is
a U.S. non-profit organization that was founded
in 1983, ostensibly to promote democracy by
providing cash grants funded primarily through an
annual allocation from the U.S. Congress.
Although administered as a private organization,
its funding comes almost entirely from a
governmental appropriation by Congress and it was
created by an act of Congress. It also funds
projects for Tibetan refugees in India and Nepal.
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