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SC orders govt not to hand over 23 free-Tibet activists to China

October 1, 2011

The Supreme Court Thursday issued an order asking the government not to move ahead with handover of 23 Tibetan refugees arrested from various parts of the country, to China.
Nepal police had arrested them on charge of involving in anti-China activities from Bajura and Sindhupalchowk in the first week of September.
The apex court also asked the Home Ministry and Nepal Police to attend the hearing on the same case scheduled for coming Sunday.
The SC’s order comes in response to the habeas corpus writ filed by advocate Indra Prasad Aryal on Wednesday, arguing that the Tibetan refugees, who were on their way to Dharmashala of India, had been detailed illegally and that there was a possibility of them being sent back to China.
Meanwhile, following the SC’s order, the Home Ministry has handed them to United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Nepal, according to ministry spokesperson Sudhir Kumar Shah.

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