Tibetan refugees struggle against discrimination in Nepal

Kathmandu [Nepal]: Tibetians are struggling as they face discrimination to settle in Nepal. The Tibetan refugees in Nepal are in a difficult situation, as both China and the Nepali government are determined to prevent them from leaving the country, according to EPardafas.

As per the reports, a considerable drop is visible in the arrival of Tibetans in Nepal. It was 2000 per year till 2008, but now the figure has changed drastically because now it’s 200 in a year. An estimated 4,000 to 9,000 Tibetan refugees in Nepal, up to 75 percent of the population, today lack identification cards.

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The Tibetians who belong to Nepal were initially stateless people. It was the same that they did not exist legally. China’s primary concern in its relationship with Nepal is regulating the Tibetan refugee population, as Nepal has the world’s second-largest population of Tibetan refugees.

In 2002, Nepal started to experience Chinese influence regarding the Tibetans, leading to the cancellation of festivities for the Dalai Lama’s birthday for the first time, according to Amish Raj Mulmi’s recently published book All Roads Lead North.

In 2003, Chinese military personnel were reported to have trespassed into Nepal’s borders and fired at American climbers mistakenly perceived as Tibetans attempting to flee Tibet. The EPardafas report also notes a 2006 incident in which Chinese guards shot and killed a 17-year-old Tibetan who was part of a group of 76 persons trying to cross the border.

Under pressure from China, several Nepal governments have cracked down on the population of Tibetian, banned suppressing peaceful demonstrations and banned the celebrations of Tibetian culture and holidays.

The Covid outbreak in Tibet started on August 7, 2022, and sudden lockdowns followed. Chinese authorities in Tibet are clamping down on taking photos or video recordings at local cemeteries in a bid to keep news of rising Covid deaths in the region from reaching the outside world. Radio Free Asia has learned, according to Reports.

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