Forum 2000 Hears Dalai Lama’s Recorded Greeting
The Forum 2000 conference in Prague heard today pre-recorded greetings by the Tibetan Dalai Lama who said now that the need for changes is spoken about in the world, everyone must start with himself/herself and that it is not possible to wait for changes to come from outside.
Forum 2000 was co-fathered by former Czech president Vaclav Havel, who died last December, aged 75. This year’s 16th issue of the forum is held without him for the first time.
Yet, organisers estimate participation will exceed the 3000 last year and that it may reach 3500, if not 4000 people.
The Dalai Lama just as Burmese opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi have become new members of the International Advisory Board of Forum 2000 Foundation.
This year’s conference focuses on the role of media in society.
A videoed greeting was also sent by Cuban dissident Yopani Sanchez who could not arrive over Cuba’s government policy.
She said in the recording she hopes she will one day find Havel’s works in all Cuban libraries.
The Dalai Lama called Havel in the video an excellent friend and invited the participants in the conference to materialise Havel’s ideas.
The Dalai Lama, Nobel Peace Prize winner, was Havel’s frequent guest and he also met him shortly before his death.
The Dalai Lama is to again arrive in the Czech Republic next year.
This year’s conference is attended by Lobsang Sangay, prime minister of the Tibetan government in exile.
Havel supported the Tibetans in their effort at human rights observance.
Czech Foreign Minister and presidential candidate Karel Schwarzenberg (TOP 09) said the opposition in the countries with authoritarian regimes must continue to be assisted.
“It is our duty to help,” Schwarzenberg said in a debate on “the power of the powerless,” inspired by Havel’s essay from the 1970s when he was a dissident.
Forum 2000 organisers said Yevhenia Tymoshenko, daughter of the imprisoned former Ukrainian prime minister, briefly appeared at the conference venue today.