Geneva: In the ongoing 37th session of Universal Periodic Review of the UN Human Rights Council that began on 18th January, the UN member states on Thursday reviewed the human rights situation in Nepal making it Nepal’s third review.
During the session that was held virtually, the status of Tibetan refugees in Nepal was raised amongst other human rights issues in Nepal. The delegation from the United States raised and urged the government of Nepal to “register and verify” all Tibetans “followed by the issuance of identity documents with the formal rights to work and access to services”.
The delegate further urged Nepalese government to “implement” and uphold Gentlemen Agreement and ensure “safe passage” of Tibetan new arrivals “through its territory” and “implement any legal agreements with China consistent with the principle of non-refoulment”.
Responding to comments and recommendations placed by the member states, a delegate from Office of Prime Minister and Council of Minister of the Government of Nepal, Mr Shanker Das Bairagi, reaffirmed that Nepalese extradition lawfully ensures the principle of non-refoulment. While referring to the status of refugees in Nepal, he said refugees are “treated well” on the basis of Nepalese “humanitarian tradition”, and Nepal will “continue to display” the humanitarian tradition.
In his final remarks, Mr Pradeep Kumar Gyawali, Government of Nepal’s Minister for Foreign Affair, expressed Nepal’s commitment in addressing the genuine concern and implementations of UPR recommendations in a “coordinated, cooperative and result-oriented manner.”
–Report filed by Tibet Bureau Geneva