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NEPAL HIMALAYAN COMMUNITY IN SOLIDARITY WITH TIBETAN REFUGEES

May 4, 2008

Issued by; Ngima Tendup Sherpa, General Secretary, Sherpa Association of
Nepal,Central Committee

We, Sherpa Himalayan community of Nepal express our serious concern on
the barbaric and repressive behavior of the Nepalese government to the
peaceful demonstrations of Tibetan refugees here in Kathmandu in the
name of controlling demonstrations since March 10th, 2008. These actions
are both inhuman and repressive and human rights voilation.

We are very much worried about those injured in the aftermath of the
police brutality during those peaceful demonstrations by Tibetan
refugees. It is also a very serious violation of the Interim
Constitution of Nepal which upholds the dignity of the basic human
rights. We strongly condemn and demand to stop such kind of inhuman and
barbaric repressive actions against the Tibetan refugees. Tibetans
shares same religion, culture, language and tradition with us and we are
pained to see beating of protesting Buddhist monks whom we revere very
highly. We also urge the government of Nepal to stop the double standard
of dealing with refugees in the case of both for Bhutanese refugees and
Tibetan refugees.

We are also concerned with the international negative image of Nepalese
people as a whole due to repressive bahavior of the government towards
Tibetan refugees and request our government to pay attention to the
world opinion.

We stand in solidarity with the Tibetan refugees in their crucial period
of history and appeal similar political parties, civic society and human
rights organizations to help stop such repressive actions by the government
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