The Nepalese police spy on exiled Tibetans. Just for walking down the street in groups of three or four they can be sent to prison. Those who are arrested suffer torture and violence”, Tsering Telsha Dolma, a Tibetan refugee who for years lived in a refugee camp in the Nepalese capital Kathmandu.
According to the man Beijing’s influence on the Nepalese authorities has made life impossible for the more than 20 thousand Tibetans in exile. Despite this fear, on March 10 hundreds of Tibetans remembered the 1959 revolt against the Chinese army. To avoid problems with China, Nepalese police arrested 22 protesters on charges of anti-Chinese activities.
For over 40 years, Nepal has received thousands of Tibetan refugees by promoting their transfer to Dharamsala (India), seat of the Tibetan government in exile and where, the Dalai Lama still resides. After the abolition of the monarchy in 2006 and the rise to power of communist and Maoist formations Nepal has changed course, abandoning the old ally of India and tying for closer relations with China.
Tesang Dolma, leader of the Tibetan Youth Congress in Nepal, is a young Tibetan born in a refugee camp. His parents were refugees to Nepal in the 80’s. He explains that after the agreements with Beijing, “the police carries out preventive and large scale arrests. The refugee camps are full of officers. The population undergoes constant psychological pressure and lives in constant fear of being arrested.” “The Tibetans – he states – are not free to work, go shopping, visit their loved ones in hospital. Any movement that takes them out of the camps is reason for suspicion”.
To date, the Kathmandu government denies citizenship to refugees of Tibetan origin, including those born on Nepalese soil, now in the third generation.
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