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International community calls for protection of Tibetans' democratic rights in Nepal

October 13, 2010

Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 7, 2010,

Dharamshala -- The international community has called on the Nepalese
government to allow Tibetans residing in the country to exercise
their democratic rights.

A group of 30 Nepalese police barged into the polling stations in
Kathmandu and forcibly took away ballot boxes mid way through the
polling for the first round of general election on Sunday, 3 October .

"We urge the Nepalese government to protect the longstanding rights
and privileges of Tibetans in Nepal, particularly their right to
express themselves freely in accordance with Nepali law,"  a Radio
Free Asia report quoted a spokesperson for the US State Department on
6 October.

The International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet, which brings
together 133 legislators from more than 30 parliaments worldwide, has
called on the Nepalese government to "immediately release the ballot
boxes to the legitimate representatives of the Tibetan community in Nepal".

The Office of Tibet in Australia has called on the chairman of the
Australian Parliamentary Group for Tibet, senator Bob Brown and
Deputy Speaker Peter Slipper's office, Australia Tibet Council,
Australian Tibetan Community Association and others to send strong
representation to the Nepalese government through their embassy in
Australia to return the ballot boxes and also to allow final voting
on 20 March 2011.

Australia Tibet Council and Tibetan Community of ACT have already
send their protest letters and other are going to do so soon.
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