Nepal repressing refugee Tibetans following enormous pressure from China, rights group finds

Washington, Apr. 2: Nepal has restricted the political freedoms of Tibetan refugees living in the country after enormous pressure from China.

The Tibetans are subjected to abuse and harassment by the security forces, and are even spied on for Chinese officials, according to a report released by Human Rights Watch.

According to the New York Times, the 100-page report, ‘Under China’s Shadow: Mistreatment of Tibetans in Nepal’, revealed the repression faced by Tibetans who cross into Nepal, often illegally, from Tibet.

The report also discussed how some of those refugees might never enter Nepal, as there are ‘serious concerns that Nepal may at times forcibly return Tibetans to China’.

Many Tibetans have complained of repression, including torture and suppression of religious practices, under Chinese rule.

Brad Adams, the Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said the situation for the Tibetan refugee community in Nepal has markedly deteriorated since China’s violent crackdown on protests in Tibet in 2008.(ANI)