South Africa: Dalai Lama is barred from Johannesburg

source: International Herald Tribune
The Associated Press
Published: March 23, 2009

JOHANNESBURG: South Africa has barred the Dalai Lama from a peace conference in Johannesburg this week, hoping to maintain good relations with China but instead generating a storm of criticism.

The peace conference Friday was organized by South African soccer officials to highlight the first World Cup to be held in Africa, which South Africa is to host in 2010.

But because the Dalai Lama is not being allowed to attend, the gathering is being boycotted by fellow Nobel Peace laureates the Rev. Desmond M. Tutu, retired Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town, and former President F.W. de Klerk. Members of the Nobel Committee have also declined to attend.

“It is disappointing that South Africa, which has received so much solidarity from the world, doesn’t want to give that solidarity to others,” the [continue reading]

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