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16may20092Dharamshala: On September 8, Tibet's political and religious leader His Holiness the Dalai lama will visit Slovakia to receive an award from the Ján Langoš Foundation in Bratislava, along with fellow recipient and social scientist Fedor Gál. After Slovakia, the Dalai Lama will continue his tour to Prague to take part in a conference about peace, democracy, and human rights in Asia. The Dalai Lama is personal friend of former Czech president Václav Havel and has visited the Czech Republic several times, according to the Sme daily newspaper.

When he last visited Slovakia in October 2000, His Holiness held lectures and received an honorary doctorate from Comenius University in Bratislava. At the same time, however, Sme reports that many of Slovakia's political leaders ignored his visit, including President Rudolf Schuster, PM Mikuláš Dzurinda and Speaker of Parliament Jozef Migaš.

Sme also predicts that the situation will be repeated on this trip. The paper said the Ján Langoš Foundation had informed politicians about the Dalai Lama's visit, but so far there has been no official reaction, according to the foundation's administrator Filip Vaga?.

The Ján Langoš Foundation was established in 2007, on the birthday of the Czechoslovakian politician and human rights activist for whom the foundation is named. The foundation confers a national and international award each year to "figures who significantly contributed to the revealing of the truth and to strengthening the civil courage in the fight for human rights and liberty."

According to the foundation's website, the International Ján Langoš Award "is awarded to the bold figures of civil society and international foreign affairs, which dissented against oppressive regimes and endeavored in the fight for human dignity and liberty."


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