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National Government disingenuous on Dalai Lama visa

City of Cape Town – Statement by the city’s executive mayor, Patricia de Lille The City of Cape Town wishes to reiterate that the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates is continuing as planned – despite the fact that it appears that the National Government has refused a visa to His Holiness, the Dalai […]

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South Africa’s denial of visa to Dalai Lama undermines Nelson Mandela’s legacy

September 4, 2014

The South African Government’s denial of a visa to His Holiness the Dalai Lama, this time to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates being held in Cape Town from October 13 to 15, undermines the legacy of Nelson Mandela and sends a wrong message to those who supported peace and reconciliation in the country.

According to media reports, the Dalai Lama’s Representative in South Africa was informed by the International Relations and Cooperation Department that he would not be granted a visa to this annual gathering of the Nobel laureates.

“The Dalai Lama is known internationally for his unflinching stand for peace and non-violence and the South African action goes against the thinking of its own late leader Nelson Mandela,” said Matteo Mecacci, President of the International Campaign for Tibet. “Nelson Mandela showed his solidarity with the Dalai Lama by inviting him to South Africa and publicly meeting him twice, in 1996 and 2004,” Mecacci added.

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Mario Oriani-Ambrosini and Dalai Lama

Obituary: Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, South African MP and a strong supporter of the Tibetan People

August 20, 2014

With the passing away of Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, Italian constitutional lawyer and South African member of Parliament, we have lost one of the most committed and brightest supporters of the struggle of the Tibetan people.

Mario Oriani-Ambrosini passed away at the age of 53 on August 16 after a protracted and courageous struggle against cancer.

An MP for the Inkatha Freedom Party, Mario Oriani-Ambrosini was an outspoken defender of human rights and democracy. He is known for leading a successful lawsuit against the South African government’s decision to deny a visa for the Dalai Lama. In a statement announcing the legal action in November 2012, Mr Oriani-Ambrosini said the refusal of the visa showed how South Africa was beholden to China, and that: “The Dalai Lama is welcome in each and every country of the world, except China and South Africa. A recent poll showed that 89% of the South African people consulted indicated that they would welcome the Dalai Lama in South Africa.” The Dalai Lama sent his condolences to Mr Ambrosini’s family.

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