(TibetanReview.net, Oct16, 2015) – The executive head of the exile Tibetan administration at Dharamshala, India, Sikyong Lobsang Sangay, was on Oct 12 presented by the Salisbury University in the US state of Maryland its Presidential Medal. The medal was presented for his leadership and forward thinking, said the exile administration on its Tibet.net website Oct 13.
The citation on the medal was quoted as saying the honor was “In recognition of his esteemed political leadership and his work to seek a peaceful, non-violent resolution for Tibet.”
Accepting the medal from the university’s president Dr Janet Dudley-Eshbach, Sikyong was reported to have dedicated the medal to the sufferings of the Tibetan people and the non-violent Tibetan movement to restore freedom and dignity inside Tibet.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu of South Africa was reported to have sent a congratulatory letter to Sikyong. He was quoted as saying: “I am delighted to write this short note to congratulate you on receiving the President’s Medal for Promoting Peace and Understanding especially at this time when we see so much turmoil and suffering caused by violence and unrest. The world has been stunned by the number of refugees seeking to flee violence and unrest. Our world needs more champions of peace and goodwill of which you are one.”