Thursday, June 18, 2015

His Holiness the Dalai Lama to Receive 2015 Liberty Medal

DHARAMSHALA: The National Constitution Center, based in Philadelphia, United States, has announced that Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama will receive the 2015 Liberty Medal in recognition of his advocacy for human rights worldwide.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be honoured with the prestigious award during the 27th annual Liberty Medal award ceremony at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, 26 October 2015, at the National Constitution Center on Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia. The event will also be broadcast on local ABC affiliate, WPVI-TV/6abc.

“We are so pleased to announce His Holiness the Dalai Lama as the recipient of the 2015 Liberty Medal,” said National Constitution Center president and CEO Jeffrey Rosen. “In his advocacy for Tibetans and for human rights worldwide, the Dalai Lama has always emphasised the ideals of freedom, dialogue, and tolerance. For this reason he embodies the spirit of the Liberty Medal, which aims to honor men and women who strive to secure such blessings of liberty to people around the globe,” he said.

His Holiness the Dalai Lama is slated to visit Philadelphia just one month after the city hosts the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis in September.

The Liberty Medal was established in 1988 to commemorate the bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution. It is an annual award that honours men and women of courage and conviction who strive to secure the blessings of liberty to people around the globe. Previous Liberty Medal winners include Pakistani girls-rights activist Malala Yousafzai, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the boxer Muhammad Ali.

The National Constitution Center is a nonprofit, nonpartisan institution devoted to the United States Constitution and what it represents. Located on Independence Mall, Pennsylvania, the center serves as an interactive museum; a hub of civic education; and a national town hall for constitutional dialogue, regularly hosting government leaders, journalists, scholars, and celebrities for public discussions including presidential debates.

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