Lausanne — "When China was awarded the 2008 Olympics, the IOC promised that there will be freedom of press and freedom of speech during the Games. We believed the IOC. So, after discussing with many people, we made the film, “Leaving Fear Behind”. As a result, I was imprisoned for six years and three months and I wasn’t able to be with my family for ten years," said Dhondup Wangchen, while urging governments to boycott the Beijing Olympics and calling on the IOC to respect human rights.

Geneva, Switzerland — A month ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China, activists around the world held protests and demonstrations as part of a joint global day of action. They called for a boycott of the Games, urging world leaders and governments not to send their diplomats and officials to the Games.

Washington, DC — “Direct dialogue without preconditions between the government of the People's Republic of China and His Holiness the Dalai Lama or his representatives, is essential to resolve differences and achieve meaningful autonomy for Tibetans,” said the new U.S. Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues Uzra Zeya.

Dharamshala, India — Sikyong of Central Tibetan Administration and Speaker of Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile offered their deepest condolences to the family members of Archbishop Desmond Tutu, a very dear friend of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and South Africa’s anti-apartheid icon on his passing away.

Dharamshala, India — The spiritual leader of Tibet, His Holiness the Dalai Lama has written to Uzra Zeya to congratulate her on being appointed the United States Special Coordinator for Tibetan Issues. His Holiness expressed the hope that she will be able to contribute significantly towards improving the situation of the Tibetan people.

Dharamshala, India —“ Spiritual practitioners need to be able to identify with practitioners who belong to other traditions, recognize what they have in common - ethics, avoid harm, and cultivate a warm heart and compassion. Along with patience and forgiveness, these are universal values,” said His Holiness the Dalai Lama on December 17, 2021.

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