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Nepal arrests 7 Tibetans, Nepalese prez reiterates one China policy

October 29, 2010

Phayul
October 28, 2010

Dharamsala, October 28 -- Nepalese authorities
arrested 7 Tibetans on October 25 from Thankote
area in western Nepal, reported the Voice of
Tibet radio. The local immigration authorities
handed the 7 Tibetans to the National Immigration
authorities in Kathmandu on the same day.

The 7 were detained in Kathmandu immigration
office where they were interrogated for hours.
The authorities found out that 3 of them had
Chinese travel permit with them and 4 had Indian
Registration Certificate (residential permit
issued to Tibetans by the Indian government).

The 4 with Indian permits were fined a penalty of
15000 Nepalese rupees each for illegal entry into
Nepal and ordered to leave Nepalese territory
within seven days. The other 3 were summoned the
following day to the immigration office and their
Chinese travel permits were seized. The names and
other details of the 3 are not known but the
report described them as a 70 year - old - woman
from Utsang, a 64 - year - old man from Amdo and a 57 year old man from Kham.

Nepalese armed police disrupted the Tibetan
preliminary elections and confiscated ballot
boxes containing votes, minutes before the closing of poll.

The forced disruption of Tibetan polls came in
the wake of a visit by 21-member high-level
Chinese delegation led by He Yong, Secretary of
the 17th Central Committee of the Communist Party
of China, to Nepal last month.

During the visit, the Chinese delegation
reportedly expressed satisfaction over “Nepal’s
‘one China’ policy and the alertness adopted by
the country over the Tibet issue”.

Prior to the Chinese delegation’s visit, the
governments of the two countries had even agreed
to set up a joint mechanism to help share
intelligence on "anti-China activities" in Nepal.

Nepal, which is home to some 20,000 Tibetans, has
accommodated Tibetan exiles for decades, but has
come under increasing pressure from China to
crack down on the political protests.

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

Meanwhile, the Nepali President Dr Ram Baran
Yadav has reiterated his country's "One China
Policy" during a visit to the Tibetan capital
Lhasa where he met Pema Thinley, the governor of
the "Tibet Autonomous Region." Yadav assured
Thinley that his country will not allow any anti-China activities on its soil.

The Nepali President is accompanied on his first
visit to China and Tibet by 17 member delegation
including Nepal's tourism minister. Yadav will be
in Shanghai to participate in the closing
ceremony of the Shanghai Expo. He will also meet his counterpart Hu Jintao.
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