Statement on China's warning that President Obama not meet The Dalai Lama

The Lantos Foundation was honored to present its Inaugural Lantos Human Rights Prize to His Holiness the Dalai Lama last October. At that time we encouraged President Obama to extend an invitation to this gentle man of peace to meet with him at the White House. We are gratified that the President will meet with His Holiness later this month.

The Lantos Foundation commends President Obama for doing the right thing by remaining stalwart in the face of Chinese threats and intimidation. This meeting will send a clear message that the promotion of human rights is a top priority with the Obama Administration. That is a message of hope that will resonate with thousands of people around the world who are struggling to uphold their dignity and their rights in the face of persecution and repression.