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Parliament Seeks UN Help to Secure Tibetans' Rights in Nepal

October 14, 2010

The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has called on the
United Nations and the Amnesty International for
their help in ensuring the rights of Tibetans
living in Nepal to conduct democratic elections.
Central Tibetan Administration (CTA)
October 11, 2010

Dharamsala -- The appeal came days after the
Nepalese government disrupted the general
election of Tibetans in Nepal by forcibly
confiscating ballot boxes during the first round of voting on 3 October.

The deputy speaker of the Tibetan
Parliament-in-Exile has written an appeal letter
to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN High
Commissioner for Human Rights Navanthem Pillay
and the director of London-based Amnesty International on 8 October.

"I would humbly like to submit that the 2nd of
September 2010 marked the 50th year of Tibetan
Democracy in Exile. That on the 3rd of October,
Tibetan community in exile went on primary to the
election of the members of the 15th Tibetan
Parliament in Exile and also to that of the Kalon
Tripa," Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari said in the letter.

"The first elected members of the Tibetan
Parliament in Exile took of Office on the 2nd of
September 1960. In the last 50 years, there has
never been a law and order problem created by our
community on the days of the elections. More so,
we are grateful to our host nations that there
never was interruption to prevent us from
electing our own representatives and the Kalon Tripa," the letter noted.

"Therefore, the 3rd October incident in Nepal,
whereby the Nepalese police personnel, in spite
of the permission granted by the competent local
authorities, forcefully took away ballot boxes
from the polling centers at Boudha and Swyambhu,
both under the jurisdiction of the Nepal's
capital Kathmandu, is shocking and we strongly
condemn this unprecedented act against democracy."

"The Tibetan Parliament in Exile appeals to the
United Nations and the Amnesty International that
through your official and personal channel to
help  release the ballot boxes from the police
authority of Nepal and to ensure that the Tibetan
diaspora community is able to continue to
democratically elect their own representatives
and the Kalon Tripa," the letter noted.
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