Reported in the New York TImes 3/25/09,
"Organizers of a peace conference that was to have been attended by five Nobel laureates in Johannesburg this week said on Tuesday that they had canceled it after the South African government denied a visa to the Dalai Lama.
Two of South Africa’s Nobel Peace Prize laureate, retired Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu and former president F.W. de Klerk, condemned the government for giving in to pressure from China to block the Tibetan spiritual leader’s entry into the country and said they would refuse to participate in the conference if he was not there. The executive director of the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Geir Lundestad, also said he would stay away.
Critics of the decision, including Archbishop Tutu who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984, said South Africa had caved in to China, which has aggressively sought to extend its influence across Africa in recent years.
“We are shamelessly succumbing to Chinese pressure,” Mr. Tutu told a South African newspaper, The Sunday Tribune, a statement his office confirmed on Monday. “I feel deeply distressed and ashamed.”
South Africa’s decision comes at a particularly charged moment in China’s relations with ethnic Tibetans. China has sent thousands of troops to the Tibetan region to quell any repeat of the anti-Chinese riots that broke out a year ago in Lhasa, the Tibetan capital.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of a failed uprising against Chinese rule that led to the Dalai Lama’s flight into exile in India. China has accused him of pursuing independence for Tibet, while he maintains that he is seeking only autonomy, not separation.
Mr. de Kler, who shared the Peace Prize with Nelson Mandela in 1993, said in a statement released by his foundation that the government’s decision to exclude the Dalai Lama was irreconcilable with the country’s commitment to freedom of expression and made a mockery of the whole purpose of the peace conference.
Mr. Mandela, 90, the third Nobel laureate to invite the Dalai Lama here, had not planned to attend the conference because of his advanced age."
Like a tag team against the Dalai Lama, NKT and China harass the Dalai Lama wherever he goes. With the peace event in Africa cancelled, NKT can save its charity money for its other business charities, e.g. deluxe Mediterranean hotels already in Italy in Spain, apartments, spas, mansions, restaurants, book publisher/distributor, political organization known as the Western Shugden Society.
Notably, NKT claims that anyone admiring the Dalai Lama or viewing him as a Dalai Lama or Buddhist is an evil liar.
Of course, NKT will argue that Archbishop Desmond Tutu is an evil liar for his kind comments about the Dalai Lama...
"We the undersigned Nobel Peace Prize Laureates, human rights leaders and concerned individuals wish to express our concern at the current deterioration of the human rights situation in Tibet, and the apparent breakdown of the talks between the Chinese government and emissaries of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. We are dismayed at the lack of any concrete progress toward resolving the conflict over the autonomy and religious freedom of the Tibetan people, and urge all parties involved to redouble their effort to achieve this vital goal.
To our dear friend His Holiness the Dalai Lama, we say: we stand with you. You define non-violence and compassion and goodness. Clearly China does not know you. It is our sincere hope that they will. We call on China's government to know His Holiness the Dalai Lama, as we and so many others have come to know him during the long decades he has spent in exile.
We ask the esteemed Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to visit Tibet, and request that she be given access to assess and report to the international community the current state of affairs for the Tibetan people. The High Commissioner should be allowed to travel with journalists and other observers and, working with all parties involved, assist in bringing these decades of struggle to a peaceful resolution.
China is uniquely positioned to impact and affect our world. We ask you to please use this position to improve our world by listening to the voices of the Tibetan people, and creating a new solution for Tibet that allows this culture to flourish.
This will help not only Tibet. It will help China. It will demonstrate to us that China is willing to be a responsible partner in international global affairs.
Finally, we ask that China stop naming, blaming and verbally abusing one whose life has been devoted to peace. His Holiness the Dalai Lama, a Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, is not simply a holy man. He is recognized throughout the world as one of our few true moral authorities. He is a teacher who has shown us all how to live our lives with compassion, non-violence and love.
Archbishop Desmond Tutu"
Archbishop Desmond Tutu
NKT prefers to hate the Dalai Lama and what he stands for, peace and compassion.