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His Holiness the Dalai Lama awarded Congressional Gold Medal!


Update: His Holiness the Dalai Lama awarded Congressional Gold Medal!

His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been awarded the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed to civilians by the US Congress, in recognition for his "many enduring and outstanding contributions to peace, nonviolence, human rights, and religious understanding."

The Congressional Gold Medal is conferred by Congress on behalf of the American people to show gratitude and support for the contributions made by outstanding individuals. Past recipients include Nelson Mandela, Elie Wiesel, and global religious figures, like Pope John Paul II.

A big thank you to the International Campaign for Tibet for spearheading this campaign and to all the SFT members in the US who contacted their representatives and encouraged them to co-sign this momentous bill, which enjoyed bipartisan support in both the House and the Senate. The final number of co-signers was 387, representing over two-thirds of Congress. Click here to read the full text of the Dalai Lama Congressional Gold Medal Bill.

This award closely follows the Canadian Parliamentís unanimous decision to confer honorary Canadian citizenship to the Dalai Lama in July. The decision by both the Canadian and American governments to publicly recognize the Dalai Lama for his unwavering commitment to resolving the Tibet issue peacefully is not only monumental but also very timely. Recently, Chinese officials in Tibet have increased their propaganda efforts to portray the Dalai Lama as a "splittist" and a "false religious leader". Beijing's representatives in Washington and Ottawa reacted strongly to the news, registering complaints with the American and Canadian governments.

But truth has prevailed and the message to the Chinese government is clear; even after almost six decades, the international community will not accept Chinaís illegal occupation of Tibet. 

Tibetan freedom is inevitable.

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