Dalai Lama receives rights award at Capitol

By Daily Maverick Legacy 7 October 2009

Lawmakers honoured the Dalai Lama with a human rights award on Tuesday, even as President Barack Obama faced harsh criticism for delaying a meeting with the exiled Tibetan leader. The two will not meet until after Obama meets Chinese President Hu Jintao in Beijing in November. The Obama administration seeks Chinese support for crucial foreign policy, economic and environmental goals. Supporters of the Dalai Lama gathered at the Capitol as he received the award in memory of the late Tom Lantos of California, a Holocaust survivor and long-time champion of human rights. The Dalai Lama said the award encouraged him to dedicate the rest of his life to the "promotion of human affection and compassion, and equality and basic human rights in Tibet, in mainland China, everywhere."

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