October 8, 2022: The Dalai Lama expressed his sincere congratulations to the winners of the 2022 Nobel Peace Prize: Mr. Ales Bialiatski from Belarus; Memorial, a human rights advocacy group in Russia; and the Center for Civil Liberties in Ukraine.
“Today, the values of democracy, open society, respect for human rights, and equality are becoming recognized as universal values. There is an intimate connection between democratic values and the fundamental values of human goodness. Where there is democracy there is a greater possibility for citizens to express their basic human qualities. Where these basic human qualities prevail, there is also a greater scope for strengthening democracy. Most important of all, democracy is also the most effective basis for ensuring world peace,” said the Tibetan spiritual leader in his congratulatory message.