October 27, 2009
   Posted in News Flash
Published By Tashi

Nobel Peace Laureates Support His Holiness the Dalai Lama on Meaningful Autonomy for TibetTuesday, 27 October 2009, 11:42 a.m.


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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