Tibetan National Congress welcome the Nobel Peace Summit cancellation, suggests Rome as an alternate venue.

Oct 01, 2014 17:58 | Poltics

Dharamsala (Arvind Sharma )

The 14th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Cape Town has been cancelled as a result of many 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 in Dharamsala on Thursday . "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."  Jigme Ugen said that the Nobel Peace Laureates who announced their boycott of the Summit are: Jody Williams, Shirin Ebadi, Leymah Gbowee, Tawakkol Karman, Mairead Maguire, Betty Williams and International Campaign to Ban Landmines.


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.


“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.