On 11 October, seven advocacy groups representing Hong Kongers, Taiwanese, Han Chinese, Falun Gong practitioners, Uyghurs, Southern Mongolians and Tibetans spoke against China’s transnational repression campaign in a webinar organised by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights and Democracy (TCHRD).
China has sentenced three Tibetans to prison on charges of ‘incitement to split the country’, reported the official Qinghai People’s Daily. (Click here for the full report in Chinese)
On 18 March 2013, the Intermediate People’s Court in Tsoshar (Ch: Haidong) Prefecture sentenced Jigme Thabkey to five years imprisonment and three years’ deprivation of political rights, while Kalsang Dhondup was sentenced to 6 years with four years’ deprivation of political rights. The court, located in Ping‘an County, also sentenced Lobsang to four years in prison with two years’ deprivation of political rights.
On 11 September 2011, 20 Tibetan refugees were arrested by Nepal police for illegally entering Nepal. The 20 Tibetan escapees included 15 boys and 5 girls, mostly teenagers. They were arrested for illegally trying to enter Delhi via Bajura-Kathmandu route and were held in Bajura, at the district police office. They had reached there after 17 days walk. Few days later, around 13 September, three more Tibetans were arrested. All of them have been turned over to Nepal’s Department of Immigration (DOI) in Kathmandu, Nepal.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had sent a letter to the Nepalese Administration requesting them to hand the Tibetans over to them which is accordance with the ‘Gentlemen’s Agreement’ between the UNHCR and Nepal. Even the HURON (Human Rights Organization of Nepal) approached the Immigrant Chief and Home Secretary with concerns for the arrested Tibetans and said that decision will be taken in accordance with the law by Sunday. However, the Chinese Embassy in Kathmandu, in a letter, termed the incident as a case of Human Trafficking and so has asked the Nepal Government to repatriate the Tibetans back to them, promising not to take legal action against the youngsters but instead will educate them. This Chinese interference has delayed transit clearance of the 23 Tibetan refugees who remains in Nepal custody for the last 10-12 days.