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Dalai Lama To Be Honored, Give Keynote Address On Campus

Published: April 15, 2011

Amnesty International USA is honored to present the 14th Dalai Lama with the first-ever Shine a Light on Human Rights award in recognition of his lifelong commitment to social justice and human rights on Wednesday, May 4, at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. The event begins at 9:45 a.m.

Dalai Lama To Be Honored

Following the award presentation by Larry Cox, executive director of Amnesty International USA, and a keynote address by the Dalai Lama, five Amnesty activists are scheduled to participate in a question-and-answer session with the Dalai Lama. This event will be streamed live from Amnesty International’s event website.

The Dalai Lama is recognized universally as the voice of compassion, human rights and nonviolence. As the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people, he has worked tirelessly to spread awareness about the lack of human rights in Tibet and China. He has received numerous accolades including the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize and in 2007 the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest honor the United States government can bestow on a civilian.

“His Holiness is a beacon of hope and peace for not just the Tibetan people but for all people fighting for human rights and dignity world-wide. Please join us on May 4 in Long Beach, to honor His Holiness the Dalai Lama for his tireless dedication to social justice and human rights,” said Rini Chakraborty, regional director of Amnesty International USA.

Tickets for the event are $45 and are available through the online calendar (select May 4) at, or by calling 562/985-7000. Seating is limited.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with three million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

For more information, visit the Amnesty International’s website.