Standing up to China

Tell world leaders to meet the Dalai Lama

The Dalai Lama is a Nobel Peace Prize laureate, a respected spiritual leader and a symbol of hope for the Tibetan people, especially inside Tibet.

China promises "dire consequences" if governments host the Dalai Lama, threatening impacts on diplomatic relations and trade. In recent years, governments in the UK, France, India, Norway and South Africa, among others, have apparently given into this pressure and rebuffed the Dalai Lama.

In allowing themselves to be bullied by Beijing, governments are allowing an undemocratic regime which routinely abuses human rights to dictate policy to them. They are also turning their backs on the Dalai Lama's standing as a representative of peace and on the hopes of the Tibetan people.

Please contact your leaders and ask them to welcome and meet the Dalai Lama. See his schedule below and click on the links for more information and details of who to contact.

USA, June 2016: Washington DC and Orange County, California


Write to your leaders

If the Dalai Lama is visiting your country, write to your elected representative and urge them to meet him. You can write not just to national leaders but to senior politicians in other parties or regional leaders, such as mayors and senators. Follow the links above to find out contact details for relevant politicians. You can use this template (PDF) if you wish, and adapt it with your own message.

Write to the press

Write to your local media about the Dalai Lama's presence in your country and why you think it's important for your leader to meet him. Here is a template (PDF) letter but media rarely use standard letters of this kind. Please use it as a guide and adapt it for greater impact and to increase the chance of publication.

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