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Nobel Peace Summit cancelled after Dalai Lama refused visa

October 6, 2014

By Malcolm Moore

 The Telegraph, October 2, 2014 - A summit of Nobel Peace prize winners in South Africa to mark the 20th anniversary of the end of apartheid has been cancelled after protests at the exclusion of the Dalai Lama.

 Six Nobel Peace laureates pulled out of the event, scheduled for October 13 to 15, after the South African government denied the Tibetan spiritual leader a visa, under pressure from China.

In his home town of Dharamshala, the Indian hill station, the Dalai Lama noted that the peace summit “had been cancelled as the South African government would not allow me to attend it”.

 

He accused South Africa of "bullying a simple person".

 

Desmond Tutu, the South African peace prize winner, said he was “ashamed to call this lickspittle bunch my government” and that denying the Dalai Lama a visa sullies the memory of Nelson Mandela.

 "The Nobel Summit in Cape Town, the first to be held on our continent, was meant to celebrate Madiba,” said Mr Tutu. “His own comrades have spat in his face, refusing to see him honoured by the holders of the blue ribbon of awards and honours."

South Africa also refused to grant the Dalai Lama a visa in 2011 to attend Mr Tutu’s 80th birthday.

 The Tibetan National Congress, an independent Tibetan political party, thanked the boycotters for “standing up to the Chinese government” and called for the summit to be relocated to Rome.

 Jody Williams, founder of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines and another peace prize winner to boycott the summit, said South Africa had “sold its sovereignty” to China.

“Not a single laureate is happy about that decision [to cancel],” she said. “Fourteen laureates protested to President Zuma, pressuring him, begging him, to give a visa to His Holiness [the Dalai Lama].”

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