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FIDH/ICT Report

Human rights violations and self-immolation: testimonies by Tibetans in exile

Download the report raquo; Fifty years after the brutal crackdown that lead the Dalai Lama and tens of thousands of Tibetans to escape from Tibet to India, the self-immolation of a young Tibetan monk from Kirti Monastery in Sichuan Province on 27 February 2009 marked the beginning of a new form of protest against the […]

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US official talks to Nepal about Tibetan refugees

KATMANDU, Nepal (AP) – A senior U.S. official met with Nepal’s prime minister Thursday to express concerns about the situation of Tibetan refugees in the Himalayan country bordering China. U.S. Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs Wendy Sherman said she talked with Prime Minister Baburam Bhattarai about Tibetan refugees’ demands for documents that would […]

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The 13 Tibetans were released on March 6, 2012

Tibetan demonstrators remain in detention in Kathmandu (Updated)

UPDATED March 6, 2012: The 13 Tibetans (11 males and two females) have been released from detention following a total payment of NRs. 350,000 (US $4,391) bail. Despite representation from several senior Nepalese lawyers earlier in the week, a Nepal Supreme Court judge rejected the Tibetans’ petition for habeas corpus (a legal writ through which […]

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U.S. Congressmen ask Nepalese government to guarantee protection of Tibetan refugees

Three Members of the U.S. House Representatives wrote to Nepal’s government on December 9, 2011, asking that the rights of Tibetan refugees in Nepal be protected, and that it assent to resettling Tibetan refugees in the United States. The letters were posted on the website of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission on February 16, […]

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Ambassador affirms U.S. stance on protection of Tibetan refugees in Nepal

On November 20, the Kathmandu Post ran an opinion piece by Scott DeLisi, the American Ambassador to Nepal. He writes about Nepal’s obligations to protect Tibetan refugees transiting through Nepal not only as a matter of international law, but as “one of the strongest and clearest and of most consistent examples of the values of […]

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Nepalese Supreme Court rules against forcible return of Tibetan refugees to Tibet

On September 22, Nepal’s Supreme Court ruled that 23 Tibetans held by the Department of Immigration should not be summarily returned to the People’s Republic of China. Earlier that day the group had been released to the care of the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). The 23 Tibetan refugees had been detained by Nepalese immigration […]

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The Tibetans come out of the department of Immigration

Nepal releases 23 Tibetan refugees to care of UN, rejects Chinese request to forcibly and illegally return them to Tibet

Today, Nepalese authorities turned over a group of 23 Tibetan refugees who had been held by the Department of Immigration to the United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR). It is expected that the group will be processed and sent to India shortly, where they will come under the care of the Central Tibetan Administration, as per […]

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Chinese interference delays transit of 23 Tibetan refugees detained in Kathmandu as Nepalese PM meets world leaders in New York

UPDATED September 22: Nepal releases 23 Tibetans to the UNHCR despite Chinese pressure, keeping its commitments not to forcibly return Tibetan refugees to Tibet. Human rights monitors and foreign diplomats in Nepal who monitor the situation for Tibetan refugees transiting from Tibet through Nepal are concerned for the safety of 23 Tibetan refugees in custody […]

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China’s heavy hand in Kathmandu: Tibetans detained in advance of Zhou Yongkang visit

UPDATED AUGUST 19, 2011: The four Tibetans remaining in custody were released upon payment of several thousand Nepalese rupees each on August 18. According to the Nepalese human rights organisation, HURON, they were charged under the Public Offenses Act. The day of their release coincided with Zhou Yongkang’s departure from Nepal. Nepalese police detained eight […]

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Thinlay Lama

Tibetan representative in Nepal detained following press conference

The head of the Tibetan Refugee Welfare Office in Nepal, Thinlay Lama, was detained for eight hours today in Kathmandu after organizing and speaking at a press conference about the situation of Tibetans in Nepal and specifically refuting charges in the Nepal press that his office was complicit in a recent case of two Tibetans […]

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Nepalese officials restrict Karmapa celebrations; 47 currently in detention

Fourteen Tibetans are still in custody after being detained in the Boudha area of Kathmandu by Nepalese police on Tuesday (June 28). The Tibetans were not carrying out any protests, but were playing cards and mahjong (a Chinese tile game). A celebration of the Karmapa’s birthday on Sunday (June 26) was disrupted by Nepalese police, […]

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Dangerous Crossing 2011

Refugee Report: Dangerous Crossing – 2010 Update

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ICT annual refugee report finds Tibetans at risk in Nepal

A new ICT report for release on June 20, U.N. World Refugee Day, documents dangers for Tibetan refugees transiting Nepal and for Nepal’s long-staying Tibetan refugee community. The report attributes these dangers to inadequate protections provided to Tibetans by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees and the government of Nepal, and to significant pressure from […]

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Nepal’s human rights review; concern for Tibetan refugee community

On Tuesday June 7, 2011 the 17th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council met in Geneva for the adoption of Nepal’s final report on its Universal Periodic Review (UPR). Out of the 135 recommendations the UPR advanced on January 25-27, 2011, delegates from Nepal rejected 15, accepted 56 and were willing to review […]

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Ambassador Roemer

US Ambassador Roemer inaugurates Tibetan Refugee Center in Dharamsala

US Ambassador to India, Timothy J. Roemer, today inaugurated a new Tibetan Refugee Reception Center in Dharamsala, India, funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement between the State Department and the Tibet Fund, a U.S.-based non-government organization that works to preserve the Tibetan identity in exile. Ambassador Roemer, accompanied by Mrs. Roemer, was welcomed at […]

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Tibetan refugees eating at the Tibetan Refugee Reception Center

United Nations: Nepal urged not to return Tibetans to China

As the UN Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review mechanism scrutinized Nepal’s human rights record on 25 January in Geneva, Ambassador Dinesh Bhattarai claimed that there are no forceful deportations of Tibetan refugees. The Nepalese delegation was responding to the U.S. delegation statement urging them to continue “its long-standing commitment to ensure the safe passage […]

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Nepal police forcibly return three Tibetan refugees across border

Nepal has violated the well-established “Gentlemen’s Agreement” with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and contravened its obligations under international law by forcibly returning three Tibetan refugees to Chinese border police in early June. This is the first confirmed case of the refoulement of Tibetan refugees from Nepal since May 2003. Two of the […]

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A fragile welcome: China’s influence on Nepal and its impact on Tibetans

The potential for danger for Tibetans in Nepal – both in transit and resident – intensified this year in an uncertain political climate two years on from the beginning of protests and a security clampdown across Tibet. Under direct pressure from the Chinese authorities, who regard the Tibet issue as the defining element of China’s […]

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