Dalai Lama 25th Nobel Prize anniv: 5 Laureates to gather in HP

Five Nobel laureates from around the world will assemble here on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to mark 25 years of awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

PTI| Last Updated: Sep 22, 2014, 20:00 PM IST

Dharamsala: Five Nobel laureates from around the world will assemble here on the birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi to mark 25 years of awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

The peace icon would be felicitated on the occasion, which is historically significant, as 2014 is also being celebrated as the 'Year of the 14th Dalai Lama' by the Tibetan people and his well-wishers all over the world, organisers said.

Five Nobel Laureates are assembling in Dharamshala on the occasion of the 25th Anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize on the 14th Dalai Lama. This event is occasioned on the birth anniversary of non-violence proponent Mahatma Gandhi, Department of Information and International Relations (DIIR) of the Central Tibetan Administration (CTA) said in a statement.

The visiting Laureates include Jody Williams of USA, founding coordinator of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines (ICBL), who won the Nobel Peace Prize winner in 1997, Tsering Wangchuk, Press Officer, DIIR, CTA said.

Shirin Ebadi (Iran's first female judge), who was awarded coveted prize in 2003, and Leymah Gbowee, a Liberian peace activist, social worker and women's rights advocate are also participating.

Others include Tawakkol Karman, a Yemeni journalist, politician, senior member of the of Al-Islah political party and human rights activist, who leads the group "Women Journalists Without Chains," and was awarded The Nobel Peace Prize 2011.

Wangchuk further informed that the event shall be organised on October 1 at Lhakpa Tsering Hall, DIIR, Central Tibetan Administration.

"The official ceremony marking the 25th anniversary of the conferment of the Nobel Peace Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, shall be held on October 2 at Tibetan main temple, Tsuglakhang in Mcleodganj, Dharamshala," he said.