Nepal Deports 6 Tibetan Asylum Seekers to China

2019-09-09
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Tibetans living in Nepal honor the Dalai Lama, in file photo.
Tibetans living in Nepal honor the Dalai Lama, in file photo.
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Nepal deported six Tibetans who had crossed into the Himalayan country to seek asylum, handing them over to Chinese police shortly after they crossed the border last week, two witnesses told RFA’s Tibetan Service.

“When those six Tibetan escapees arrived on Nepal soil [on foot], at a place called Legme, the Nepalese border police arrested them. From there, the Nepali police led the handcuffed Tibetan refugees to Simikto police station," said the source, a trader who requested anonymity to protect his personal security.

"The Nepali police handed over those arrested Tibetan refugees to the Chinese border police on the evening of that day, September 5th,” added the source.

"The handcuffed Tibetan refugees were wailing in great distress at their fate, and were pleading the police with folded hands not to take them back to the Chinese,” said the source.

Simikto is the administrative headquarter of Humla district of Karnali Pradesh in the northwestern corner of Nepal. Simikto airport is the main tourist gateway on the Nepalese side to Mount Kailash and Lake Manasarovar, revered pilgrimage sites in Tibet.

The six had crossed the Nepali border from Purang (In Chinese, Burang) county in Ngari (Ari) prefecture. The source said they had ruddy complexions and wore Tibetan clothing.

"On the way, many local Nepali bystanders witnessed the Nepali police leading them away in handcuffs," added the source.

“When the armed Nepalese police were escorting them, the residents were waved off from approaching them closer," said a second source, a Tibetan living in Kathmandu, the Nepal capital.

"Without even keeping them for one day at Simikot, the Nepali police returned them to the Chinese authorities,” said the Kathmandu source.

"The Nepali police warned residents not to share the news of this incident, and if any of them caught for doing it, will face severe consequences," added the Kathmandu resident.

“The Tibetans repeatedly appealed to the Nepalese police that they were going to Nepal to seek asylum. Meanwhile the local Nepalese also pleaded with the police to release and let them go. But the police did not heed their request and they also got annoyed by their interference,’ said the first source.

Nepal shares a long border with Tibet and is home to around 20,000 exiles who began arriving in 1959 when a failed Tibetan uprising against Chinese rule forced Tibet’s spiritual leader the Dalai Lama into exile in Dharamsala in India’s Himalayan foothills.

Nepal cites the "One-China Policy" Beijing demands from countries and its strong ties with its wealthier neighbor in cracking down on Tibetan community activities in the country, such as elections among the refugee community and birthday celebrations for the Dalai Lama.

Reported by Kunsang Tenzin for RFA’s Tibetan Service. Translated by Dorjee Damdul. Written in English by Paul Eckert.

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Anonymous Reader

please PRAY for all the people being oppressed by the evil Chinese government.
Please PRAY, I urge all Muslims, all Jesus's followers and Buddha's followers to pray for the people of Tibet and XinJiang. May true peace and freedom and divine protection for all being oppressed. Prayer has power and we all need to PRAY more. we ask God, UN, European countries, USA, Australia, Canada will join force to sanction Chinese government, seize their investment, assets and refuse entry for officials and their families to set foot in other countries for their evil acts.We pray that Nepal will NOT be the devil's helper anymore. We pray that GOD will provide divine protection. May God set free all oppressed and release all captives and keep them safe and well, free of oppression. Please join me to pray for true peace for Tibetans and esp Uyghur people.

Sep 13, 2019 04:35 PM

Wangchuk

Shame on Nepal! Allowing people to seek asylum & escape persecution is all countries' obligation under int'l law. Nepal has become a vassal state of the PRC Empire.

Sep 13, 2019 12:13 PM

Dhonden

from Kathmandu

Nepal’s treatment of Tibetan asylum seekers is deplorable. What happens to the Gentleman Agreement between UNHCR and Nepal government by which Nepal agrees to allow Tibetan asylum seekers to pass to third country? It is believed and well documented that the Nepal police and Chinese authorities exchange cash for refugees return. That is very inhuman.

I can see, how Nepal has bowed to Chinese pressures, by even deporting refugees back to China now. And of course it is not the first time.
It is good to note though that local Nepali’s are sympathetic to the plight of those that Nepali government apprehended.
Nepal, get back your freedom!

Sep 09, 2019 03:39 PM

Anonymous Reader

China has Tibetan asylum seekers, Vietnam has Dega people asylum seekers. Thailand deports Dega asylum seekers back to Vietnam. Nepal deports Tibetan asylum seekers back to China.
The United Nations has formed and UN Convention on the punishment and prevention of crimes of genocide. There were more than 150 nations ratified this UN Convention, including Nepal, China, Thailand, Vietnam and so on...SO with the killing, tortured, imprison, destroy the culture, taking territory, killing the language, destroy the environment, assimilation, indoctrinate, manipulation ....finally force the human to disappear IS NOT A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY or GENOCIDE ????

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