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His Holiness the Dalai Lama has been denied a visa to South Africa

 The Daiai Lama speaks during a press conference
The Daiai Lama speaks during a press conference
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There has been a great deal of concern among Buddhists about the policies of South Africa in dealing with His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The Christian Science Monitor reported on Sept. 4, 2014 his visa request to visit South Africa has been denied again. A personal representative of the Dalai Lama has said he was again refused entry into South Africa where he was planning to attend the 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates.

Buddhist worshippers attend a prayer and blessing service
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South Africa has cited concern about angering China as the reason for a visa refusal for the Dalai Lama in the past. Officials from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation in South Africa recently told the South African representative of the Dalai Lama in a telephone call that the Dalai Lama's most recent visa request has been denied. The Dalai Lama has since cancelled his trip to South Africa.

The South African high commission in India had recently received a visa application from the Dalai Lama's office reports The Guardian. The visa application was being passed through normal due process when news came that it was being denied. Other Nobel laureates have said they will not attend the 14th world summit of Nobel peace laureates in Cape Town next month if the Dalai Lama is not allowed into the country.

In the past five years the Dalai Lama has been refused a South African visa three times. It was ruled by a South African court in 2012 that officials had acted unlawfully by refusing to grant the Dalai Lama a visa in time to be able to make a 2011 trip to attend Desmond Tutu's 80th birthday celebrations. The reason for the visa refusal was as usual cited as being fears of angering China. This situation in dealing with the Dalai Lama and South Africa serves as a reflection of how China would actually like him isolated from the entire world.

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