The Dalai Lama has commended the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission (TLHRC) on its 10th anniversary, praising its “positive contribution in shining a light on individuals throughout the world whose fundamental human rights are being violated by those in power.”
His message was posted on the TLHRC website after a December 11, 2018, anniversary reception.
“I have always looked to the United States as a champion of democracy, freedom, human values and creativity,” the Dalai Lama writes. “The U.S. is a leader among free nations, playing a pivotal role in the promotion of peace around the world. I commend the Tom Lantos Commission for its positive contribution in shining a light on individuals throughout the world whose fundamental human rights are being violated by those in power.”
The message reminds the Commission of the “great and growing desire for change in the world; change that ushers in a renewed commitment to ethical and spiritual values, that resolves conflicts peaceably, employing dialogue and non-violence, that upholds human rights and human dignity as well as human responsibility.” The Dalai Lama hopes that the Commission can contribute in this noble goal of considering the well-being of the whole world and future generations.
The Dalai Lama also expressed his gratefulness to the Commission for “continuing to highlight the plight of the Tibetan people ruthlessly oppressed in their own land.” He continues, “Your work sends a strong message that the international community has not forgotten them. It also reminds the Chinese leadership that unless they treat the Tibetan people with dignity and respect, they cannot hope to earn the international admiration they seek.”
Since 2008, the bipartisan Commission has worked to promote, defend and advocate for international human rights in complex and challenging circumstances around the world.
The full text of the Dalai Lama’s message is as follows: