Nobel Laureates Ask China to Stop Abusing His Holiness the Dalai LamaSaturday, 14 March 2009, 9:47 a.m.
| His Holiness the Dalai Lama, left, and Nobel peace laureate Desmond Tutu attend
Hiroshima international Peace Summit in Hiroshima, western Japan
Wednesday, 1 November 2006.
Dharamshala: Expressing concern over the deteriorating human rights situation in Tibet, a galaxy of Nobel Peace Prize winners and human rights leaders such as Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Elie Wiesel are urging China “to stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing” His Holiness the Dalai Lama.The Nobel laureates, activists and Hollywood stars have signed a letter from Archbishop Desmond Tutu expressing concern at the deterioration of the human rights situation in Tibet, and the apparent breakdown of talks between the Chinese government and envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama.The letter, published on TheCommunity.com, an Internet site for Nobel peace laureates that promotes peace and human rights, was opened to the public for signature on Friday.Mary Wald, chairman of the site, said when 100,000 people sign the letter it will be hand-delivered to Chinese President Hu Jintao and others, The Associated Press reported.”This is the time for a massive outpouring of support for the Dalai Lama,” Wald said. “He is making some of the strongest statements he has ever made, because the situation for the Tibetans it that critical.”The Nobel laureates told His Holiness the Dalai Lama in the letter: “To our dear friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we say: we stand with you. You define non-violence and compassion and goodness. Clearly China does not know you. It is our sincere hope that they will. We call on China’s government to know His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as we and so many others have come to know him during the long decades he has spent in exile. They asked UN human rights chief Navi Pillay to visit Tibet with journalists and other observers “and, working with all parties involved, assist in bringing these decades of struggle to a peaceful resolution.””China is uniquely positioned to impact and affect our world. We ask you to please use this position to improve our world by listening to the voices of the Tibetan people, and creating a new solution for Tibet that allows this culture to flourish.” “This will help not only Tibet. It will help China. It will demonstrate to us that China is willing to be a responsible partner in international global affairs.” “Finally, we ask that China stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing one whose life has been devoted to peace. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is not simply a holy man. He is recognized throughout the world as one of our few true moral authorities. He is a teacher who has shown us all how to live our lives with compassion, non-violence and love.”Nobel peace laureates John Hume, David Trimble, Jody Williams, F.W. de Klerk, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and Adolfo Perez Esquivel signed the letter along with about 40 celebrities and rights activists including Ford, Paltrow, Peter Gabriel, Richard Gere, Mia Farrow, Maria Bello, Adam Yauch of the Beastie Boys, Ashley Judd, supermodels Christy Turlington and Naomi Campell and Queen Noor of Jordan.