Nepal government to deny documents to Tibetan refugees

Dharamshala/October 30 (NG News)
Nepal government has decided to deny documents to Tibetan refugees arriving in the country.

According to the reports of some news agencies, the government would not provide identity cards to Tibetan refugees.

Nepal is home for more than 25000 Tibetan refugees.

Sources say that Nepal government has taken this step as it wants to improve relation with China government. The Chinese government doesn’t want that this practice to continue. Hundreds of Tibetans are every year are crossing international border thus entering illegally in Nepal. China also wants Nepal to deport those who seek asylum.

Nepal has accommodated Tibetan exiles for decades but has come under increasing pressure from China, a major donor for the impoverished country, to crack down on political protests by Tibetans.

A “Gentlemen’s Agreement” between the government of Nepal and the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), put in place in 1989, when Nepal stopped giving them refugee status, provides for the safe transit of Tibetan refugees through Nepalese territory and onward to India.

However, rights groups say Tibetans refugees in Nepal are increasingly vulnerable and at risk of arrest and repatriation under Beijing’s influence and lack of stable government in the impoverished nation.