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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