DHARAMSHALA, September 4: The Tibetan spiritual leader His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been denied visa to South Africa for a third time in five years, reported the Agence France Presse (AFP).
The government “conveyed by phone to me they will not be able to grant the visa for the reason that it would disturb relations between China and South Africa,” Nangsa Choedon, Representative of His Holiness the Dalai Lama for South Africa told AFP. “For now His Holiness has decided to cancel his trip to South Africa.”
His Holiness was invited to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates scheduled from October 13 to 15 in Cape Town. However, in a turn of events, other Nobel Peace laureates also refused to attend the summit if the Tibetan leader is denied visa.
Some of the laureates expected to attend the summit are Shirin Ebadi, a lawyer and founder of the Defenders of Human Rights Centre in Iran; Muhammad Yunus, who pioneered the concept of microcredit and microfinance and Lech Walesa, a Polish Trade unionist and human rights activist
In 2009, Dalai Lama was first denied visa to South Africa. He had planned to take part in a peace conference connected to the 2010 World Cup; the conference was later called off. Then in 2011, when South African Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu invited His Holiness for his 80th birthday, his visa was denied.
By Phuntsok Yangchen via www.phayul.com