His Holiness the Dalai Lama is Coming to Prague Again at the Invitation of the Forum 2000 Foundation

At the invitation of Václav Havel and the Forum 2000 Foundation, Tibet’s spiritual supreme leader, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is visiting Prague on December 10, 2011. “On Sunday, December 11, in cooperation with Charles University’s Faculty of Arts, a roundtable discussion will be held at its premises in Prague to commemorate the first anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to leading Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo,” says Forum 2000 Director Oldřich Černý. “This event is loosely linked to the “Peace, Democracy, and Human Rights in Asia” conference that we organized in 2009, which several Nobel Peace Prize laureates and many distinguished experts and activists attended in addition to the Dalai Lama.”

The main topic of the roundtable discussion will be the current state of democracy and human rights in Southeast Asia. Besides His Holiness, the Iranian Nobel Peace Prize winner Shirin Ebadi has confirmed her participation in the debate. Other participants who have confirmed their attendance include the last living co-author of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, 93-year-old Stéphane Hessel from France, the leading Chinese dissident and President of Initiatives for China, Jianli Yang, and the former President of the Czech Republic, Václav Havel. The event is intended for students of Charles University and invited guests.

The Forum 2000 Foundation has prepared a lecture by the Dalai Lama on “Searching for Happiness in a Troubled World” for the general public on Sunday, December 11, at 13:30 in Prague’s Congress Centre. The event will be consecutively interpreted into Czech and tickets are available through the Ticketpro network from November 28. Tickets are priced at 300 CZK and proceeds from the event will be used to support the Gyalten School in Tibet through the M.O.S.T. Civic Association.

On Monday, December 12 a press conference with His Holiness the Dalai Lama will be held.

All three events will be broadcast live on the Forum 2000 Foundation website at www.forum2000.cz. For more information please visit the web page of the roundtable and the public talk by His Holiness.