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Tibetan Parliament Appeals For Fair Treatment of Tibetans in Nepal

June 24, 2008

TibetNet
June 23, 2008

Dharamshala, June 23 - The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has sought the
intervention of the Nepalese prime minister for fair treatment of
Tibetans in Nepal and to help release all the Tibetans arrested
during the recent peaceful demonstrations in Nepal.

In an appeal letter forwarded to the prime minister Girija Prasad
Koirala on 21 June, Dolma Gyari, the deputy speaker of the Tibetan
Parliament noted the cordial relationship shared between Nepal and
Tibet during the 7th century and from 17th to 20th century until the
pre-1959 Tibet.

The deputy speaker said many Tibetans are killed, tortured and
continues to be imprisoned since a series of peaceful demonstrations
against the repressive Chinese policies, which swept across Tibet in
March this year.

"To show solidarity to their effort and the common cause of Tibet,
the Tibetan refugees in Nepal, like other Tibetans in diaspora, hold
peaceful protests and rallies. Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile is
saddened to hear that many Tibetans including three Tibetan community
leaders have been detained," she added.

She said: "Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile, therefore, request His
Excellency Shri. Girija ji, to kindly intervene, so that Tibetan
refugees are treated democratically and allowed the freedom of expression."

The full text of the letter follows:

21 June 2008

His Excellency Shri Girija Prasad Koirala,
The Prime Minister,
Kathmandu, Nepal

Nepal and Tibet shared very close relationship during the 7th century
and from 17th to 20th century until the pre-1959 Tibet. The first
Tibetan currency was obtained by Tibet from Nepal. The official
delegation of the Tibetan Government, visited Nepal annually to offer
prayers at the Buddhist stupas and the pilgrimage sites. At the time
of admission of your great country to the United Nations, the treaty
of 1856 between our two countries was taken into consideration. Vide
this treaty; the Gorkha government committed that, "Henceforth to
afford help and protection to it (Tibet) as far as they (Nepal) can,
if any foreign country attacks it." Your government was also kind
enough to be witness to the 1912 treaties between China and Tibet,
which led to the withdrawal of Chinese troops from the soil of the
Tibetan nation.

Since then, the political situation of Tibet has changed. We are
going through a very critical period of our history. His Holiness the
Dalai Lama and the Govt-in-Exile is engaged in sincere efforts to
find peaceful solution to the Tibetan issue within the framework of
the constitution of the People's Republic of China. We are grateful
to the people and the Govt. of Nepal for the hospitability extended
towards the Tibetan refugees in the past.

Since the 10th of March 2008, there continues to be
demonstrations/protests throughout the three provinces of Tibet,
which has drawn widespread international attention and support.
During these uprisings, many Tibetans are killed, tortured and
continues to be imprisoned.

To show solidarity to their effort and our common cause, the Tibetan
refugees in Nepal, like other Tibetans in Diaspora, hold peaceful
protests and rallies. We are saddened to hear that many Tibetans
including three Tibetan community leaders have been detained.

We, therefore, request your Excellency to kindly intervene, so that
the refugees are treated democratically. Last but not the least, the
Tibetan refugees, may kindly be allowed the freedom of expression.

With sincere prayers for a sympathetic consideration.

On behalf of the Tibetan Parliament

Yours Sincerely,

Dolma Gyari
CTC National Office 1425 René-Lévesque Blvd West, 3rd Floor, Montréal, Québec, Canada, H3G 1T7
T: (514) 487-0665   ctcoffice@tibet.ca
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