An uncertain Welcome: How China’s Influence impacts Tibetans in Nepal

by Delphine Metten | July 1, 2009 12:34 am

KATHMANDU: The wave of protests against Chinese rule that began in Tibet in March 2008 and the resulting crackdown transformed the political landscape – and made a dramatic impact on the situation for Tibetans across the border in Nepal.

In an attempt to prevent pro-Tibet protests in Nepal, the Chinese authorities stepped up their efforts to influence the Nepalese government, judicial system and civil society. While the ‘gentlemen’s agreement’ to guarantee safe transit of Tibetans escaping from Tibet through Nepal is still largely implemented, the Nepalese government has adopted a harder line against expressions of the Tibetan identity by the long-staying Tibetan refugee community in Nepal. Acquiescence to Chinese demands by the Nepalese government threatens the integrity of Nepalese democratic and legal institutions and runs counter to the strong cultural and religious ties among the Himalayan peoples that have existed for centuries.

Nepal’s bend towards China on Tibetan issues is characterized by the following:

Download the pdf of the full report here.[1]

For more information on the situation of Tibetans in Nepal, see ICT’s annual report: Dangerous Crossings: Conditions impacting the flight of Tibetan refugees
[2]

Endnotes:
  1. Download the pdf of the full report here.: http://www.tibetpolicy.eu/wp-content/uploads/269_2009.7.27.-ICT-REPORT_An-uncertain-welcome-How-Chinas-influence-impacts-Tibetans-in-Nepal.pdf
  2. Dangerous Crossings: Conditions impacting the flight of Tibetan refugees
    : http://www.savetibet.org/files/documents/2007-2008RefugeeReport.pdf

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