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21.12.2010

Russian visa to Dalai Lama

Youth Human Rights Group Karelia, a member of the international group “Human Rights in Tibet”, sent a letter to the President of the Russian Federation, urging Dmitry Medvedev to issue a visa to Dalai Lama.

Mr. President!
You are a lawyer and you do not need to explain what the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Article 13 which stipulates that "everyone has the right to leave any country, including his own, and return to his country". How great it is to leave and return to it, to travel freely, knowing the world, expanding consciousness, developing outlook.
But imagine for a moment that you are somewhere will not be allowed in any country where you are expected and love, where you really want to go. Let's say your family is waiting for you, for example, in Somalia, as you say Somali pirates seized power there and no one is allowed, especially presidents, because pirates do not like people who have their own opinion, have authority, influence policy, and just interesting all around. What would you say to that? That these pirates - idiots, criminals, and they have no place among civilized people, that this vile regime is headed by narrow-minded, flawed people, has no right to exist! But, of course, it's hard to imagine this with some of your regalia.
Nevertheless, this fictional situation resembles the very real history of the Tibetan Dalai Lama, who this year the Russian Embassy in China has not issued a visa to travel to our seemingly civilized country. But the Dalai Lama have been waiting for here! And wait! The last time the Dalai Lama was in Russia in 2004 and now six years later Russian consular services denied him a visa. On what basis millions of Russian Buddhists have been deprived of an infrequent living communion with their spiritual leader? Why are people interested in Buddhism, not able to meet the most influential person in this area? How can we explain such a policy? Why is a secular state so rudely interferes in the religious life of its citizens, spit on them?
The Dalai Lama is seen by many as a fighter for the separation of Tibet from China. So what? What does this have for Russian Buddhists? As if they do not know about! What are its national interests were guided by the authorities? Is defending the Russian people from the Dalai Lama? Let's look at other countries that are linked to China no less strong economic ties, than Russia. For example, America! Is the U.S. a thought not to let the Dalai Lama, thus violating his rights, give reason to criticism and blame? No and no again. The same applies to European countries. Why Russia was not among them? Whose interests are we protecting? Who do we cater? Country in which Nobel Prize winner is in prison? Do not we remind ourselves of those pirates, which were discussed?
Let's not demonize the Dalai Lama! Let us behave a bit more noble than we really are, at least in order to look more attractive in the eyes of the world community. Let's think about who in Russia is engaged in foreign policy - you or the Chinese leader? Let's not be so schizophrenic to fear Tibetan grandfathers. Let go of the Dalai Lama to us! In Russia he pleased.

Karelian branch of the “Youth Human Rights Group”

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