July 29, 2010
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UN ‘Concerned’ Over Nepal’s Forcible Repatriation of Tibetan Refugees[Thursday, 29 July 2010, 2:12 p.m.]

The United Nations has expressed deep concern over the Nepalese
government’s move to forcibly deporting three Tibetan refugees to
Chinese border police in early June this year.“It is a very
serious issue and we are extremely concerned,” Nini Gurung, spokeswoman
for the UN refugee agency in Kathmandu, was quoted as saying by AFP.The UN refugee agency said it had written to the Nepalese government about the incident in early June.Two
of the refugees, a Buddhist monk and a young woman, are serving jail
sentence in Tibet after they were detained in western Nepal and handed
over to Chinese security forces in Tibet, according to International
Campaign for Tibet (ICT).Nepal is duty-bound under the
“Gentlemen’s Agreement” with the UNHCR (UN High Commissioner for
Refugees) to ensure the safe transit of Tibetan refugees through its
territory,” said ICT president Mary Beth Markey.”We urge the
Nepal government and the UNHCR to work together to investigate this
incident, including China’s extra-territorial role, and to adopt
remedies that prevent future occurrences of refoulement (forced return)
from Nepal.”ICT published in June this year a detail report on
the deteriorating situation for Tibetans – both those in transit and
those residing in Nepal – due to increased Chinese pressure on the host
government. (click here to read ICT’s Dangerous Crossing: Conditions impacting the flight of Tibetan refugees 2009 Update) The
report made a set of recommendations to the UNHCR to urge the Nepal
government to adhere to the principle of non-refoulement of Tibetan
refugees by taking the adequate policy and administrative steps, which
include written policy instruction to all the border immigration and
police, and training of Nepalese police, security forces and
immigration authorities in proper procedures (as per the Gentlemen’s
Agreement) and international human rights standards. Tibetans
who arrived in Nepal after the 1989 amnesty date and without proper
documents face routine threat of detention and deportation, and the
government uses heavy handed approach in dealing with peaceful
demonstrations by Tibetans against China’s repressive rule in Tibet,
the report said.The UN agency was called on to press the Nepal
government on finding durable solutions for the long-staying Tibetan
refugee population in Nepal, including issuance of Registration
Certificates. The report recommends the UNHCR to make every
effort, in concert with supportive governments such as the US and EU,
to preserve the Tibetan Refugee Reception Center in Kathmandu and its
integrity as a secure place of temporary refuge and respite for
Tibetans fleeing Tibet through Nepal and onward to India.

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