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Tutu to China: Stop Abusing Dalai Lama Tutu urges China to stop `naming, blaming and abusing' Dalai Lama By EDITH M. LEDERER Associated Press Writer UNITED NATIONS March 13, 2009 (AP) Share this story with friends Digg

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Nobel laureates and celebrities have joined Archbishop Desmond Tutu in urging China to stop "verbally abusing" Tibet's exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, according to a human rights Web site. The South African Nobel Peace Prize laureate expressed concern in a letter at what he called the deterioration of the human rights situation in Tibet, and the apparent breakdown of talks between the Chinese government and emissaries of the Dalai Lama. The letter — posted on TheCommunity.com, an Internet site for Nobel winners and dealing with human rights issues — was opened to the public for signatures Friday. According to the site, several Nobel laureates have signed the letter including Elie Wiesel and Jody Williams as well as dozens of celebrities and rights activists such as Richard Gere, Mia Farrow and Harrison Ford.

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Earlier this week, the Dalai Lama condemned China's "brutal crackdown" and its harsh rule over

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Tutu told the Dalai Lama: "We stand with you. You define nonviolence and compassion and goodness. Clearly China does not know you. It is our sincere hope that they will."

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The archbishop continued by asking China to "stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing one whose life has been devoted to peace." http://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory?id=7081255

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Tutu to China: Stop Abusing Dalai Lama - ABC News

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whose life has been devoted to peace." Mary Wald, who heads the site, said the letter would eventually be delivered to Chinese President Hu Jintao and others.

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