Nobel laureates cancel trip to South Africa

Several female laureates refuse to travel for event over Dalai Lama not being granted a visa to travel to the country.

    China is accused of putting pressure on countries to curb the Tibetan spiritual leader's travel [EPA]
    China is accused of putting pressure on countries to curb the Tibetan spiritual leader's travel [EPA]

    Several Nobel Peace Prize winners will skip an annual meeting in Cape Town because the Dalai Lama has not received a visa to travel to South Africa.

    The Nobel Women's Initiative, founded by female Nobel laureates, said in a statement this week that China puts political pressure on countries in order to curb the Tibetan spiritual leader's travel and interaction with political leaders.

    The South African Department of International Relations and Cooperation has denied that it had refused a visa to the Dalai Lama.

    In a statement, the ministry said the Dalai Lama had cancelled his trip while "the South African High Commission in New Delhi was still processing the visa application in line with due process relating to visa applications".

    At the time, the City of Cape Town's mayor, Patricia De Lille described government's claim as disengenious.

    The Dalai Lama says he wants more autonomy for Chinese-controlled Tibet, while China says he is a separatist.

    The women's group says those skipping a meeting of Nobel peace laureates in South Africa on October 13-15 are Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee and a representative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.

    The Dalai Lama won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1989.

    SOURCE: Agencies


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    Do you really know the price of milk?

    Do you really know the price of milk?

    Answer as many correct questions as you can and see where your country ranks in the global cost of living.

    The Coming War on China

    The Coming War on China

    Journalist John Pilger on how the world's greatest military power, the US, may well be on the road to war with China.