“We ask that China stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing one whose life has been devoted to peace.”

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Tutu to China: Stop Naming, Blaming and Defaming the Dalai Lama

More than 10,000 people signed on in support of Archbishop Tutu’s letter to China. It was covered internationally by Associated Press, as well as the Voice of America, Fox News, The LA Times, the International Herald Tribune and many others.


Harrison Ford
Christy Turlington
Naomi Campbell
Elie Wiesel
George Clooney
Samuel L. Jackson
LaTanya Richardson Jackson
Gwyneth Paltrow
Ashley Judd
Gillian Anderson
Her Majesty Queen Noor
Peter Gabriel
Richard Gere
Jeff Skoll
Pam Omidyar
Graham Nash
Maria Bello
Melissa Mathieson
Mia Farrow
Adam Yauch
Barbara Kopple
Kerry Kennedy
Mia Kirschner
Jack Healy
Anne Archer
Hans Zimmer
Mark and Donna Isham
Phil Noyce

Nobel Peace Prize laureates:

Elie Wiesel
Wangari Maathai
Shirin Ebadi
Jody Williams
John Hume
David Trimble
F.W. de Klerk
Adolfo Perez Esquivel
Mairead Maguire
Betty Williams

We the undersigned Nobel Peace Prize laureates, human rights leaders and concerned individuals wish to express our concern at the current deterioration of the human rights situation in Tibet, and the apparent breakdown of the talks between the Chinese government and emissaries of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are dismayed at the lack of any concrete progress toward resolving the conflict over the autonomy and religious freedom of the Tibetan people, and urge all parties involved to redouble their effort to achieve this vital goal.

To our dear friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we say: we stand with you. You define non-violence and compassion and goodness. Clearly China does not know you. It is our sincere hope that they will. We call on China’s government to know His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as we and so many others have come to know him during the long decades he has spent in exile.

We ask the esteemed Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Tibet, and request that she be given access to assess and report to the international community the current state of affairs for the Tibetan people. The High Commissioner should be allowed to travel with journalists and other observers and, working with all parties involved, assist in bringing these decades of struggle to a peaceful resolution.

China is uniquely positioned to impact and affect our world. We ask you to please use this position to improve our world by listening to the voices of the Tibetan people, and creating a new solution for Tibet that allows this culture to flourish.

This will help not only Tibet. It will help China. It will demonstrate to us that China is willing to be a responsible partner in international global affairs.

Finally, we ask that China stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing one whose life has been devoted to peace. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is not simply a holy man. He is recognized throughout the world as one of our few true moral authorities. He is a teacher who has shown us all how to live our lives with compassion, non-violence and love.

In Earnest,

Archbishop Desmond Tutu