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ADVISORY/Whoopi Goldberg Will MC and Sing At June 27 Dinner Benefit; The Dalai Lama Will be Keynote Speaker.

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ADVISORY...for Tuesday (June 27)

--(BUSINESS WIRE)

ICLT Will Release Preliminary Report to the United Nations

Documenting Detention, Torture and Mistreatment of Tibetan Children

WHAT: Whoopi Goldberg will MC and sing at a dinner to benefit The
 International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet on Tuesday, June
 27 at the Omni Hotel from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Keynote speakers will
 be Nobel Laureates the Dalai Lama and Jody Williams. The theme
 is "Justice Through Law and Compassion: A Tribute to Peace and
 Human Rights Advocacy." Special performances will be given by
 Richie Havens who will perform "Freedom," and the Crenshaw
 High School Elite Choir. Hon. Alan Cranston, Venerable Geshe
 Tsultim Gyeltsen and Harry Wu will attend.

 Dennis Cusak, ICLT president, will release a preliminary
 report documenting detention, torture and mistreatment of
 Tibetan children, which will later be presented to the United
 Nations.

 Ticket prices are: $500/preferred seats, $250/individual
 seats; and $125/limited number of public interest tickets.
 RSVPs required. Proceeds from the event will support the
 ICLT's efforts to end human rights violations in Tibet.

WHEN: Tuesday, June 27, 2000, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

WHERE: Omni Los Angeles Hotel
 251 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, Calif.

WHO: The International Committee of Lawyers for Tibet was created
 in 1989 and is a non-profit membership group of lawyers and
 concerned individuals, with U.S. headquarters based in
 Berkeley, Calif. ICLT focuses on human rights and
 environmental protection and strives to reach a peaceful
 resolution in Tibet.

 The Dalai Lama is the spiritual leader and head of the
 Tibetan Government in Exile. Since barely escaping a Chinese
 assassination attempt in 1959, he has tirelessly sought "to
 resolve the issue of Tibet in a spirit of reconciliation,
 compromise and understanding." He received the Nobel Peace
 Prize in 1989. Jody Williams is founding coordinator of the
 International Campaign to Ban Landmines. In 1997, she was
 awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for her work that resulted in an
 international treaty for the banning and clearing of
 anti-personnel mines. Whoopi Goldberg won a Best Supporting
 Actress Oscar for "Ghost" and hosted the 1994 and 1996 Oscars;
 has two Grammys; and now hosts the "New Hollywood Squares."
 She is well-known for her tireless humanitarian efforts on
 behalf of human rights, children, the homeless, substance
 abuse and the battle against AIDS. Richie Havens is a voice
 that has inspired audiences for over three decades, from his
 electrifying performance at Woodstock to performing at
 President Clinton's 1993 Inauguration. His brand of music is a
 rallying cry for the people, lending a voice to those who can
 not, or dare not, speak for themselves.

NOTE: ARRIVE EARLY. SECURITY CLEARANCE MANDATORY. Media must bring
 press credentials OR appropriate ID including driver's license
 and a passport or a social security card. Doors open at 4
 p.m.; the event will begin promptly at 5:30 p.m., and the
 Dalai Lama will be the first speaker. RSVPs appreciated.

PRESS Kathy Pinckert, Communication Art Forms
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