Sudafrica nega il visto al Dalai Lama, annullato per protesta il summit dei Nobel

Il Summit mondiale dei Nobel per la Pace, che si sarebbe dovuto svolgere nelle prossime settimane in Sudafrica, è stato annullato per protesta contro la decisione di Pretoria di negare il visto di ingresso al Dalai Lama.

L’annuncio è stato dato oggi proprio da Dharamsala, sede del governo tibeno in esilio, da alcuni dei Nobel per la pace che, con la loro decisione di boicottare il vertice, hanno portato alla decisione del trasferimento in un’altra sede che verrà annunciata nelle prossime ore.

“Siamo orgogliose che il summit sia stato cancellato dopo che abbiamo protestato per il rifiuto del visto al Dalai Lama”, ha detto Jody Williams, premio Nobel nel 1997 per la campagna anti-mine, arrivata a Dharamsala insieme all’iraniana Shirin Ebadi. Intanto, il Congresso Tibetano ha reso noto di aver chiesto al segretariato permanente del World Summit of Nobel Peace, che il vertice si svolga a Roma, sede del segretariato e di otto precedenti vertici.

Quest’anno era stato deciso che il summit si sarebbe svolta, dal 13 al 15 ottobre prossimi, in Sudafrica per commemorare Nelson Mandela, uno dei quattro premi Nobel per la pace sudafricani.

A questo proposito l’avvocato per i diritti umano iraniana ha espresso stupore per il silenzio dell’arcivescovo di Città del Capo, Desmond Tutu, sulla vicenda: “sono sorpresa dallo stoico silenzio di Desmond Tutu – ha detto Ebadi – lo so che non fa parte del governo, ma finora non ha reso pubbliche le sue posizioni”.

Era stato reso noto l 4 settembre scorso, che per la terza volta in 5 anni al Dalai Lama era stato negato il visto per il Sudafrica, ovviamente per timore di scontentare l’importante alleati cinese.

AdnKronos,02/10/2014

English version:MEDIA ADVISORY

Tibetan National Congress Applauds Cancellation of Nobel Peace Summit in South Africa and Welcomes Relocation of Venue

Nobel Peace Summit cancelled as six Nobel Laureates boycott after host country denies a visa to the Dalai Lama. The Tibetan National Congress suggests Rome as an alternate venue.

The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town has been cancelled as a result of six Nobel laureates’ courageous stand to boycott the Summit, after the South African government succumbed to pressure from China to deny a visa to His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

The Tibetan National Congress an independent Tibetan political party, extended its deepest gratitude to the laureates. “This is a major victory for justice and for peace,” TNC President Jigme Ugen stated. “We thank these esteemed Nobel laureates for standing on the side of justice, and for standing up to the Chinese government, the only regime in the world currently imprisoning a Nobel Peace Laureate.”

TNC also thanked the over 10,000 people who signed its petition launched in early September, respectfully urging the Nobel laureates to boycott the Summit and relocate to a venue where a government will not censor which voices get heard. Signatories supporting this call to “boycott or relocate” included prominent political leaders from six countries, dissidents, lawyers, and musicians and artists from across the world. This petition campaign was supported by the International Tibet Network and Students for a Free Tibet, and led to a groundswell of grassroots support.

On September 24, TNC was contacted by the executive director of the F.W. de Klerk Foundation, one of the Summit organizers in South Africa, who wrote that TNC’s campaign “may lead to the cancellation of the Summit.” TNC engaged in a public dialogue with the de Klerk Foundation and expressed its belief that the relocation of the Summit would demonstrate that Beijing and its allies cannot dictate the terms of a Nobel meeting.

In a press release distributed globally by PR Newswire that same day, TNC asserted that the Summit must be relocated to an alternate venue to avoid the irreparable taint of accepting censorship by the Chinese government.

The action of the Nobel laureates, in boycotting and relocating the Summit, is a testament to the strength of the universal ideals of freedom for which His Holiness the Dalai Lama stands, and of the power of collective action to successfully resist the bullying tactics of the Chinese government,” added Ugen.
The Summit organizers must now announce where the gathering will be relocated. On September 30, TNC wrote to the Permanent Secretariat of the World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates to suggest Rome as an appropriate alternate venue. TNC’s letter noted that the Secretariat is based in Rome where eight prior Nobel Summits have been hosted to date.

“While the current Summit should be held in a freely-accessible city like Rome, we strongly support holding a future Summit in Cape Town, once the South African government puts the interests of its own people before the interests of the Beijing regime,” said Ugen.

MEDIA CONTACTS:

English: Jigme Ugen +1 (612) 812-5846, jigmeugen@gmail.com (Minnesota, USA)
Tibetan: Ganzey Tshering +1 (781) 502-8423, ganzeyt@gmail.com (Boston, USA)
French: Tenam +1 33 6 33 69 90 99, tenams@gmail.com (Paris, France)

Assieme per il Tibet/Laogai Research Foundation,02/10/2014

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