The Dalai Lama is known to be a tranquil man, but in the case of the Nobel Peace Summit, he was a source of tumult and ultimately, cancellation.
To many, the Dalai Lama is a prodigious symbol of peace, but apparently South African President Jacob Zuma disagrees. Zuma’s country, where the Nobel Peace Summit was to be held on October 12 through 15, denied the Buddhist leader entry. China regards Tibet’s exiled Dalai Lama as a (non-violent) campaigner for Tibetan independence (from China), so South Africa denied him entry to keep them appeased.
This caused some uproar of its own, though it might not compare to the wrath of China. Fourteen Nobel peace laureates wrote to President Zuma in the hopes convincing him to grant the Buddhist monk a visa to attend the summit, and Following Zuma’s silence in response, six laureates made the decision to boycott the summit altogether. While still waiting for their official announcement of cancelation, the Cape Argus has been told from various sources that the event has been cancelled.
In a letter describing her reasons for her absence, Irish Nobel Peace Laureate, Betty Williams poignantly wrote, “Shame on you South Africa,” and, “No entry for my friend, for me means I do not wish to enter.”
Among the six boycotters are women from all corners of the world: American activist, Jody Williams, Yemeni journalist Tawakkol Karman, Iranian lawyer Shirin Ebadi, Liberian activist Leymah Gbowee, Northern Irish activist Mairead Maguire and a representative of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines.
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