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South Africa denies Dalai Lama a visa

Post by cooran » Fri Sep 05, 2014 12:16 am

Hello all,

South Africa denies Dalai Lama a visa for World Summit of Noble Peace Laureates
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-09-05/s ... es/5721140" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Post by dzogchungpa » Fri Sep 05, 2014 1:09 am

The Chinese government really has a flair for PR.
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Post by DGA » Fri Sep 05, 2014 3:02 pm

dzogchungpa wrote:The Chinese government really has a flair for PR.
...and an appetite for South African minerals. One wonders if HHDL will ever visit Australia again for the same reason.

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Post by SeekerNo1000003 » Fri Sep 05, 2014 4:30 pm

Shameful...

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Post by Jesse » Sun Sep 07, 2014 9:05 am

Nooooooo I wanna see HHDL and The Ghost of Nelson Mandela Tango
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Post by kirtu » Sun Sep 07, 2014 10:31 am

SeekerNo1000003 wrote:Shameful...

Very shameful. And in fact we should protest the action by emailing and writing the local embassy in our countries and President Zuma directly,

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Post by Grigoris » Tue Sep 09, 2014 3:40 pm

Petition by the Tibetan National Congress towards Nobel Lareates asking them to boycott the event if the Dalai Lama is not allowed to attend:
http://www.tibetnc.org/get-involved/sta ... -laureate/
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Post by Kim O'Hara » Fri Oct 03, 2014 1:57 am

Nobel Peace Summit 'suspended' after laureates boycott event over Dalai Lama's visa refusal
The Nobel Peace Summit scheduled to begin in just over a week in South Africa has been cancelled because of a boycott.
Six Nobel laureates have boycotted the venue, because the South African government refused to grant a visa to his holiness, the Dalai Lama.
It is widely believed it did so, after succumbing to pressure from Chinese authorities.
Cape Town's mayor "suspended" a planned summit of Nobel peace laureates, blaming the South African government's "intransigence" in refusing to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama.
"After extensive discussion and deliberation, it has been decided that the 2014 World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates, planned for October 13-15, 2014 in Cape Town, will be suspended," the city authorities said in a statement.
"The majority of Nobel laureates and laureate institutions requested that either the summit be moved to another country, or that the visa to His Holiness, the Dalai Lama, be granted unconditionally.
"Given the continued intransigence of the South African Government on this matter, this eventuality appears unlikely at best," said the opposition-controlled city.
More: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2014-10-03/n ... ow/5787424

It's a pity it had to come this but I think this is a better outcome than having the Summit go ahead without HHDL.

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Post by Tenzin1 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 4:25 am

This is the second time in the last year or two that S Africa has denied HHDL a visa. They wouldn't allow him in to visit his buddy, Bishop Desmond Tutu on the latter's birthday, either. It's not just that South Africa does business with China. I wonder if China backed the ANC in their revolutionary struggle to end apartheid, as well. Too bad politics enters into such petty things as someone's wish to celebrate a friend's birthday.

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Post by Arnoud » Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:46 am

Thanks to the women laureates it was cancelled. Desmond Tutu didn't cancel his visit I read. Wonder where it will be held now.

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Post by Sönam » Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:01 am

Summit is cancelled. It will be organized in another country.

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Re: South Africa denies Dalai Lama a visa

Post by Tenzin1 » Fri Oct 03, 2014 7:58 pm

Bishop Tutu speaks out on the issue:

http://www.tutu.org.za/archbishop-tutus ... ma-scandal" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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