The Dalai Lama honored South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Herg Foundation on Thursday in Brussels for their efforts in raising public awareness over Tibet's political situation. The annual awards were presented by the International Campaign for Tibet and recognized the work of Archbishop Tutu for defending the rights of oppressed people throughout the world. The Light of Truth award is a Tibetan butter-lamp symbolizing the light that each recipient has shed on the struggle for human rights and democratic freedom for the Tibetan people. Past recipients of the award include actor and humanitarian Richard Gere and Vaclav Havel, former President of the Czech Republic.
Tutu, a Nobel Peace Laureate, called on China to do ‘the right thing’.
"I want to call on the President and the government of China. Please do the right thing. Do the right thing. China helped us in our time of struggle against apartheid. China is an emerging potential superpower. Let it be a superpower of morality.
The organization also honored the Herge Foundation for upholding Georges Remi's legacy as the author of ‘Tintin in Tibet’. In 2001, the Herge Foundation won back its original title for the publication 'Tintin in Tibet' after the Chinese publication house had renamed it 'Tintin in China's Tibet'.
"I would not want to end without quoting Herge. He said, 'Tintin doesn't fight for the happiness of all people. During his adventures, each time he met somebody who was a victim of misery, injustice, violence - Tintin stood by that person."
The Dalai Lama spoke about the positive impact of the peaceful resolution of Tibet and China issue. "I would like to spread the message for all the people here and all those who support our cause worldwide, that if the question of Tibet and China could be resolved in a positive way, this situation would bring good things not just for the region but to all humanity."