March 22, 2023

South Africa refuses Dalai Lama a visa

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Dalai Lama in India, 11 March

Beijing opposed the planned visit of the Dalai Lama to South Africa

A peace conference for Nobel laureates in South Africa has been postponed indefinitely after Pretoria refused the Dalai Lama a visa, organisers say.

This week’s meeting in Johannesburg was linked to the 2010 Football World Cup, which the country is hosting.

A storm of controversy erupted over the ban, with the government being accused of bowing to Chinese pressure.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former South African President FW de Klerk pulled out of the meeting in protest.

Despite the controversy surrounding the decision, government spokesman Thabo Masebe confirmed that no visa would be issued “between now and the World Cup”.

The full BBC article is HERE

If you feel so inclined, why not register you’re viewpoint with the South African Embassy in Dublin

by clicking HERE This is the email I have sent to them;

H E Ms D P S Jana
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary

South African Embassy
Alexandra House
2nd Floor
Earlsfort Centre
Earlsfort Terrace
Dublin 2

Dear Sir/Madam,

I am just writing to tell you that I am absolutely disgusted at your government’s refusal of a visa to the Dalai Lama. After all that your country has been through it is unbelievable that you’re willing to surrender your sovereignty at the behest of the Chinese government.

You really should be ashamed of yourself.


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