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Tutu pleads Dalai Lama’s case

March 25, 2008

From News24 – China should stop vilifying the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, said Archbishop Emeritas Desmond Tutu on Tuesday.

“China must stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing one whose life has been devoted to non-violence, His Holiness the Dalai Lama,” said the Nobel laureate.

Tutu said he stood in solidarity with the Dalai Lama and the people of Tibet as they defined non-violence, compassion and goodness.

“I urge China to enter into a substantive and meaningful dialogue with this man of peace.

“Listen to his holiness’s pleas for restraint, calm and no further violence against this civilian population of monastics and lay people,” said Tutu.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 and sought refuge in India.

Since early this year, Tibetans in central Asia have staged protests targeting the Olympic games to be held in China later in the year.

High Commissioner for Human Rights

They are demanding independence and recognition of Tibet as an independent state.

Tutu said the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Louise Arbour, should visit Tibet and report to the international community.

“The high commissioner should be allowed to travel with journalists and other observers who may speak truth to power and level the playing field so that this episode may attain a peaceful resolution.

“This will help not only Tibet, but China.”

He said China was uniquely positioned to have an impact on and affect the world, and Chinese leaders knew this.

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