Dalai Lama: Zuma to respond to Nobel laureates

2014-09-16 14:01

President Jacob Zuma has received a letter from 14 Nobel laureates asking for a visa to be granted to the Dalai Lama, and will respond directly to them, his spokesperson Mac Maharaj says.

The Dalai Lama and SA’s visa dilemma

2014-09-15 11:45

The debacle over the Dalai Lama’s application for a visa to attend a conference in Cape Town shows the communication gaps in our foreign policy, says Dr Siphamandla Zondi.

Dalai Lama says no need for successor

2014-09-07 21:20

The Dalai Lama has told a German newspaper that he should be the last Tibetan spiritual leader, ending a centuries-old religious tradition from his Himalayan homeland.

Dalai Lama: Putin is self-centred

2014-09-07 19:22

Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has criticised Russia's President Vladimir Putin as "self-centred" in a German newspaper interview.

Department: Dalai Lama visa application closed

2014-09-04 17:52

The Dalai Lama's visa application in India for entry to South Africa is a closed matter, and he has cancelled his trip, the international relations department has said.

Dalai Lama denied visa to SA for a third time

2014-09-04 08:49

For a third time in five years the Dalai Lama has been denied a visa to South Africa to attend a Nobel Peace Laureates summit and other laureates say they will also not attend in protest.

Dalai Lama urges Buddhists to halt Muslim violence

2014-07-06 22:02

The Dalai Lama has reiterated his plea to Buddhists in Myanmar and Sri Lanka to halt violence against Muslims.

Dalai Lama urges China to embrace democracy

2014-06-04 11:54

Exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama marked the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing by urging China to embrace democracy.

Tibetan nun sets herself on fire

2014-03-31 07:20

A Tibetan nun set herself on fire in south-western China at the weekend, a campaign group and a report say, in the latest apparent act of protest against Chinese rule.

Nepal on alert to stop Tibetan protest

2014-03-03 09:51

Police in the Nepalese capital are on alert to stop protests and self-immolations to mark the anniversary of the failed 1959 uprising against Chinese rule in Tibet.

Obama to host Dalai Lama on Friday

2014-02-21 08:04

US President Barack Obama will meet Tibet's exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the White House, in an encounter likely to draw the ire of China.

Dalai Lama not to attend Mandela funeral

2013-12-08 12:13

The Dalai Lama, who has twice since 2009 been denied a visa for South Africa, is not planning to attend his fellow Nobel laureate Nelson Mandela's funeral.

China-Norway relations remain frosty

2013-10-28 12:51

China's three-year snub of Norway over a Nobel Peace Prize award has illustrated the sharp edge of Chinese diplomacy, though there is a hope that relations will get better.


67 minutes for Mandela Day

2013-07-18 10:14

Leaders and influential figures like the Dalai Lama and Richard Branson have pledged the world to give 67 minutes of their time for Nelson Mandela Day. Watch.

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Tibetan dies in self-immolation attempt

2013-06-20 10:01

A Tibetan nun who last week set fire to herself in protest at Chinese rule has died, a US-based broadcaster and rights group said.

Dalai Lama: Environment awakening at 24

2013-05-10 08:25

The Dalai Lama has kicked off his four-day visit to Portland, Oregon by talking about his first understandings of pollution.

China releases Tibetan political prisoner

2013-04-02 14:04

China has released Tibetan political prisoner Jigme Gyatso after 17 years in prison on charges of endangering national security and separatism, an overseas Tibetan spokesperson says.

2 Tibetans self-immolate in protests

2013-03-25 15:11

A 30-year-old Tibetan mother of four has burned to death and a 43-year-old Tibetan man self-immolated in a separate incident in the latest of more than 100 similar anti-China protests.

Tibetan teens in double immolation

2013-02-21 11:02

Two Tibetan teenagers have died after setting fire to themselves in protest at Chinese rule, reports and Western rights groups say, in a rare instance of a double self-immolation.

Tibetan protester sets himself on fire

2013-02-13 10:04

Tibetan protester has set himself on fire in Nepal's capital in protest against China.

Tibetans in exile to pressure China

2013-01-30 10:03

The Tibetan government-in-exile in India has announced plans for a four-day campaign to bring global pressure on China in a bid to end a string of self-immolations the Himalayas.

Dalai Lama can visit for my 90th, says Tutu

2012-11-29 20:01

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu may invite his friend the Dalai Lama to attend his 90th birthday, despite South Africa unlawfully delaying his visa application last year.

Dalai Lama court ruling welcomed

2012-11-29 14:29

Opposition parties have welcomed the ruling that the government acted unlawfully by dragging its heels on the Dalai Lama's visa application, saying it vindicates the view that government broke the country's laws.

Dalai Lama wants probe into Tibet deaths

2012-11-13 14:01

The Dalai Lama has said China needs to thoroughly investigate the causes of self-immolations by Tibetans and has blamed "narrow-minded" officials for seeing Buddhist culture as a threat.

Judgment reserved in visa appeal

2012-11-12 20:51

The Supreme Court of Appeal has reserved judgment in an appeal by Mangosuthu Buthelezi and Mosiuoa Lekota in the visa matter pertaining to the Dalai Lama.


14 Nobel Laureates urge Zuma to give Dalai Lama visa

2014-09-15 16:39

Fourteen Nobel Peace Laureates have asked President Jacob Zuma to guarantee the Dalai Lama a visa to South Africa, after he was forced to abandon a trip to the country.

China: Dalai Lama must respect reincarnation

2014-09-10 14:25

China has repeated a call on the Dalai Lama to respect what it says is the historic practice of reincarnation, after the Tibetan spiritual leader implied he may be the last to hold the position.

SACP welcomes cancellation of Dalai Lama's visit

2014-09-07 21:03

The SA Communist Party has called on government to never grant the Dalai Lama a visa to visit South Africa, following the cancellation of his trip to the country.

Politicians: Govt must come clean on Dalai Lama

2014-09-04 19:34

Politicians want to know why Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama has repeatedly been denied entry to South Africa and say it’s time for the South African government to “come clean”.

Govt: Dalai Lama visa being processed

2014-09-04 11:37

A visa application by the Dalai Lama for South Africa is still being processed and has therefore not been denied as has been reported, says the international relations and co-operation department.

Chinese police open fire on Tibetan protesters

2014-08-14 10:08

Chinese police have opened fire on Tibetan demonstrators in southwestern China, wounding 10 people, after the Tibetans protested against the detention of a respected village leader.

Dalai Lama gears up for Tibet autonomy push

2014-06-05 10:41

The Dalai Lama has called for democracy in China and offered prayers for victims of the Tiananmen crackdown ahead of the launch of a new campaign for autonomy in his Tibetan homeland.

Norway torn on Dalai visit as China threatens

2014-04-24 14:58

A planned visit by the Dalai Lama has Oslo torn between its will to warm up frozen ties with China, and warnings from the public not to compromise its stance on human rights.

Dalai Lama says no problem with gay marriage

2014-03-07 08:21

The celibate Dalai Lama has thrown his moral weight behind gay marriage, condemning homophobia and saying sex was fine as long as it was consensual.

Obama must cancel Dalai Lama meeting: China

2014-02-21 10:13

China has urged US President Barack Obama to cancel a planned meeting with exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

China vents anger over Dalai Lama's Norway visit

2013-12-20 14:12

China’s foreign ministry has expressed anger at plans by the Dalai Lama to visit Norway, a country with which China already has strained ties.

Tibetan monk sets himself on fire

2013-11-12 16:15

A Tibetan monk has set himself on fire in an act of protest in China, reports and campaign groups say, as top Communist Party leaders hold a key gathering.

Thailand mourns top Buddhist leader

2013-10-25 08:33

Flags are flying at half-mast and crowds of mourners have turned out to pay their respects after Thailand's top Buddhist leader died aged 100.

China pushes hardline stance on Dalai Lama

2013-07-10 08:08

China's top official for ethnic affairs has indicated there will be no softening of the Communist Party's struggle against the Dalai Lama by the country's new leadership.

Dalai Lama: Self-immolation not much use

2013-06-13 10:00

Tibetans setting themselves on fire to protest against Chinese rule are having little effect on Beijing's policies, says exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama.

Two Tibetan monks self-immolate in China

2013-04-25 10:09

Two Tibetan monks in south-western China have died after setting themselves on fire, says a media outlet and a rights group, the latest in a series of such protests against Beijing's rule.

Tibetan immolations in spotlight at Brics

2013-03-26 14:38

Civil society groups including the Tibet Society of South Africa have geared up for a day of protest at the Brics summit in Durban.

Tibetan denied passport to receive award

2013-03-08 13:00

The US has planned to present an outspoken Tibetan author with an award for courage but the activist will not be able to receive the honour because China has denied her a passport.

Tibetan burns himself to death in China

2013-02-14 12:00

A Tibetan man has burnt himself to death in protest against Chinese rule, say reports and Western rights groups, bringing the total of Tibetans to have set themselves on fire to at least 101.

Self-immolations: China punishes Tibetans

2013-02-01 12:50

Chinese courts have convicted eight Tibetans over accusations they incited others to self-immolate in the first such prosecutions to become publicly known.

2 Tibetans die in latest self-immolations

2012-12-11 09:07

Two more Tibetans have burned themselves to death in protest at China's rule of the Himalayan region, says a rights group.

Home affairs to study Dalai Lama ruling

2012-11-29 18:00

Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor will study a ruling that the government acted unlawfully in delaying a decision on a visa application by the Dalai Lama, the department says.

Govt acted unlawfully against Dalai Lama - court

2012-11-29 11:54

The Supreme Court of Appeal has ruled that government “deliberately delayed” a decision to grant the Dalai Lama a visa last year.

Home affairs confident about visa case

2012-11-12 22:06

The home affairs ministry has expressed confidence about an appeal by the IFP and Cope regarding the Dalai Lama's visa.

Court questions Dalai Lama visa timeframe

2012-11-12 16:07

The Supreme Court of Appeal has said it found it difficult to accept that a visa application for an international figure could take several months to be processed.

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