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Nepal Govt posing fresh threat to Tibetan exiles: ICT

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 23:47

Kathmandu: An advocacy group for Tibetans
has accused the Nepal government of succumbing to Chinese
pressure to crack down pro-Dalai Lama exiles in the country.

International Campaign for Tibet (ICT), an advocacy group
for Tibetan freedom, said that under pressure from China the
Nepal government is cracking down on Tibetan exiles despite
centuries old cultural ties between Nepal and Tibet.

There are fresh dangers for Tibetans residing in Nepal
due to Chinese government`s focus on Tibetan issues in
relation with the Nepal government and shifting internal
politics in Nepal, in a press statement has alleged.

"Nepal`s political leadership is betting that the internal
benefits of assuaging China in the cause of oppressing
Tibetans will be greater than the costs of abandoning
principles rooted in traditional legal and historical
concepts," said Mary Beth Markey, Vice President ICT.

"While long-staying and transiting Tibetan refugees bear
the brunt of this approach, bending to China on fundamental
freedoms and the rule of law presents a real risk to the
Nepalese people and their democratic institutions," she said.

The statement comes in the backdrop of Nepal government`s
recent arrest of dozens of Tibetans and tightened security in
and around Chinese embassy, consulate office and Chinese
businesses in Kathmandu.

Nepal is home to more than 20,000 Tibetan exiles and
annually around 2,000 Tibetan refugees flee their homeland and
arrive in Nepal.

Nepalese officials refused to comment on the matter. But
the Nepal government has consistently adopted an one-China
policy and reiterated that it would not allow any anti-China
activity from its soil.

Bureau Report

First Published: Tuesday, July 28, 2009 - 23:47

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