Dalai Lama 'Shine a Light on Human Rights' Award Event

Amnesty International USA is honored to present His Holiness 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 4th at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach, California.

His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama has been nothing less than a champion of equality, human rights and nonviolent resistance for Tibetans and affected communities around the world. He has been awarded dozens of accolades, most notably the 1989 Nobel Peace Prize for his work advocating for nonviolence when dealing with the Chinese government.

The Dalai Lama has carried the hopes of the Tibetan people on his back for the past 50 years as he’s traveled the world to meet with foreign dignitaries and every day citizens alike, to spread his simple message of compassion. We are extremely privileged to be able to honor his work with this award.

Private Breakfast Reception with the Dalai Lama

The morning of May 4th, we will be hosting a Private Breakfast Reception with His Holiness the Dalai Lama with 10 Amnesty activists from around the country – one of them could be you! We’re selecting activists based on their record of achievement and leadership within our movement. Applications for the private breakfast are due on April 10th.

We hope you can join us at this historic event in during our 50th anniversary year. If you can’t make it in person, check back on our website at amnestyusa.org/dalailama where we will stream the event live on May 4th.

The Dalai Lama on Human Rights

On Human Rights Day, His Holiness the Dalai Lama shared his insights into the importance of NGOs in fighting human rights abuses worldwide, specifically expressing thanks to Amnesty International.  We thank His Holiness for his kind words and continued commitment to human rights!  Watch his speech here: