Dalai LamaThe International Campaign for Tibet (ICT) and the Tibetan community in the Netherlands marked the 25th anniversary of the Dalai Lama receiving the Nobel Peace Prize by presenting the Tibetan religious leader with a medal on May 10.

The award was given to the Dalai Lama upon his arrival in the Netherlands for a three-day visit as part of his European tour.

Tsewang Loanzoen, Chair of the Tibetan Community Netherlands said: “We wanted to offer His Holiness our heartfelt gratitude for his tireless crusade not only for the Tibetan people, but for a more peaceful world, on this significant anniversary of 25 years as a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate.”

Tsering Jampa said: “His Holiness’ promotion of the concept of oneness of humanity and the common message of all religions have contributed to better understanding between different communities and religious traditions, while his call to make the 21st century one of dialogue has the potential of reducing violence and promotion of mutually beneficial approaches to international conflict resolution.”

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to the Dalai Lama in Oslo in 1989. The Norwegian Nobel Committee stated: “The Dalai Lama has developed his philosophy of peace from a great reverence for all things living and upon the concept of universal responsibility embracing all mankind as well as nature. In the opinion of the Committee the Dalai Lama has come forward with constructive and forward-looking proposals for the solution of international conflicts, human rights issues, and global environmental problems.”

The Dalai Lama was in the Netherlands from May 10-12. ICT is one of the organizers of this visit and has launched for this occasion the campaign: ‘I Support the Dalai Lama’.

With this campaign ICT calls upon the people of the Netherlands to support the Dalai Lama in his efforts to find a peaceful solution for Tibet.