Václav Havel and the 14th Dalai Lama, the story of a friendship and a message for the world

Václav Havel welcomes the Dalai Lama in Prague. Photo: OHHDL.

January 4, 2022    By: Katerina Bursik Jacques

We can all follow the advice of His Holiness the Dalai Lama and fulfil the legacy of Václav Havel: by being truthful, by seeing environmental and climate protection issues as absolutely fundamental, by supporting and protecting the European Union, and by not forgetting Tibet and its people.

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