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Nepal is now no more than a puppet for China

October 13, 2010

Tibet Society
October 5, 2010

In an act of assuagement, on Sunday 3 October Nepalese police raided
two Tibetan voting centres in Kathmandu and seized ballot boxes on
the premises. This extreme and unwarranted act was under the pretext
that Tibetan refugees had no right to cast votes for a Prime Minister
or parliament in exile whilst in Nepal. A police spokesman was quoted
as saying, "We have confiscated their ballot boxes. Our government
has a one-China policy and we don't want any elements to speak against China".

Image This stance really questions the Nepalese government's
commitment to civil liberties and democracy. That Tibetans voting for
candidates standing for election to a parliament in exile is seen as
anti-China is very partisan and mistrustful. Instead of encouraging
the growth of Tibetan democracy in exile, the Nepalese government has
clearly shown it is in thrall to China and defers to China's
prescriptive stance on Tibet.

This is a very dangerous and sad precedent and plainly illustrates
that the insidious public relations spin that China keeps
propounding, namely the line that Tibet is part of China, is
resulting in increasing acceptance worldwide. Repeat a lie long
enough and it will be believed.

This must stop, anyone who believes in human rights, civil liberties
and democracy must stand up and speak out to prevent the assimilation
of Tibet before it is too late. Don't let Tibet become an extinct nation.

Write to the Nepali Ambassador and also the Nepali Prime Minister to
condemn the actions of the Nepali police in confiscating the ballot
boxes and call for their immediate return. Also call for reassurances
that no personal information learnt from the ballot papers will be
passed on to Chinese authorities.

Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise
Embassy of Nepal, 12A Kensington Palace Gardens, Bayswater Road, W8 4QU
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The Rt. Honourable Mr Madhav Kumar Nepal
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Kathmandu, Nepal
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Write to, or arrange to meet, your MP and also to the Minister of
State at the Foreign Office and urge them to express their concerns
to the government of Nepal. Emphasise the Tibetan people's right to
participate in a democratic process should be both respected and
encouraged. Also mention this is a new hard line stance (Tibetans in
Nepal have previously been permitted to vote in Tibetan parliament in
exile elections), and voice your personal unease about possible
dissemination of information gleaned from the voting papers in the
ballot boxes about Tibetans in Nepal being passed to Chinese
authorities, thereby placing Tibetans inside Tibet at risk.

Jeremy Browne, Minister of State, Foreign and Commonwealth Office,
King Charles Street, London SW1A 2AH

Letter from Students for a Free Tibet, Tibetan Youth UK and Tibet
Society to the Nepalese Ambassador

Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise
Embassy of Nepal, 12A Kensington Palace Gardens, Bayswater Road
London W8 4QU

5 October 2010

Your Excellency

We are writing to you to express our shock and disappointment that on
Sunday (3 October) police in Nepal confiscated boxes holding
thousands of ballots cast by Tibetans participating in the
preliminary round of international elections to nominate candidates
to the office of Prime Minister and Parliament of the Tibetan
Government-in-Exile. This action is counter to democratic principles
and civil rights.

The Nepali authorities were informed about the Tibetan election in
advance and had raised no objections. The electoral process was
running smoothly until armed police stormed polling stations in the
Kathmandu Valley around 4pm local time and confiscated the ballot boxes.

We condemn this outrageous act of repression by the Nepali
authorities which stamps on Tibetan people's democratic right to
freely elect their political leadership. Under the leadership of the
Dalai Lama, Tibetans have established a democratic system in exile
that represents their commitment to upholding democratic rights and
freedoms denied to Tibetans living in Chinese-occupied Tibet.
Tibetans in Nepal have for decades participated, unimpeded, in the
exile Tibetan democratic process and this should be allowed to continue.

We are aware that the Chinese government is exerting increasing
pressure on your government to crack down on the political activities
of Tibetans and forcibly repatriate those who escape across the
border. Sunday's move signals a very worrying escalation of these
tactics. The mistreatment of Tibetans by the government of Nepal is
an ugly stain on the record of a country that has for decades
provided a safe haven for Tibetan refugees.

We call on the government of Nepal to immediately return the ballot
boxes to Tibetan election officials and end its harassment and
mistreatment of Tibetans, especially those escaping persecution in
Chinese-occupied Tibet. We also seek reassurance that no personal
information learnt from the ballot papers will be passed on to
Chinese authorities and thereby place Tibetans inside Tibet at risk
or that the information will be used against Tibetan refugees living in Nepal.

Yours sincerely

Philippa Carrick, CEO, Tibet Society
Pema Yoko, Deputy Director, Students for a Free Tibet UK
Karma Chura-Tsang, Director, Tibetan Youth UK
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