Jody Williams and other Laureates refuse to attend the Nobel Summit

Jody Williams of Nobel Women’s Initiative – one of Sonke Gender Justice’s partners – told the Cape Argus that her and other Laureates’ refusal to attend the Nobel Prize Summit in Cape Town if the Dalai Lama was not given a visa to attend would “send a message that the South African government’s appalling treatment of the Dalai Lama will not go unchallenged”:

Since then, the Nobel Summit was cancelled just days before it was to begin tomorrow, and will instead be held in another country at a later date. has a petition online asking The Presidency of the Republic of South Africa to change the stubborn position South Africa has held on this for the past half decade, having refused to give his Holiness the Dalai Lama a visa on three occasions.