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Nepal accused of succumbing to China pressure on Tibetans

Published on Apr 1, 2014 5:06 PM
 
In this photograph taken on Feb 13, 2013, Buddhist devotees gather the Boudhanath Stupa - close to where a monk self-immolated later in the day against Chinese rule in Tibet - on the third day of Losar, the Tibetan new year, in Kathmandu. Tibetans in Nepal face heightened risks of being detained, beaten and even forcibly returned to China, as Kathmandu bows to growing diplomatic pressure from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday, April 1, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

KATHMANDU (AFP) - Tibetans in Nepal face heightened risks of being detained, beaten and even forcibly returned to China, as Kathmandu bows to growing diplomatic pressure from Beijing, Human Rights Watch said Tuesday.

The allegations, detailed in a new report based on the testimony of Tibetan refugees, monks, activists and senior Nepalese officials, highlight the intensified restrictions slapped on Tibetans in the Himalayan nation since 2008.

Nepal, home to around 20,000 Tibetans, is under huge pressure from its giant neighbour China over the exiles, and has repeatedly said it will not tolerate what it calls "anti-China activities".

"Nepal... is succumbing to Chinese pressure to limit the flow of Tibetans across the border and imposing restrictions on Tibetans in violation of its legal obligations," said Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch.

 
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