Nepal stops Tibetan refugees from celebrating Dalai Lama's b’day

Amid China’s growing economic and defence ties with Nepal, the latter has been reported to have stalled a programme by Tibetan refugees to celebrate the Dalai Lama’s 84th birthday.
Media reports from Kathmandu said even several western diplomats had expressed reservations over the move by the K P Sharma Oli government. The permission for a public event to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday was denied apparently because of security concerns.
Nepal in the past has detained Tibetans on their way to India and later handed them over to Chinese authorities.
Nepal is said to be home to about 20,000 Tibetans. Krishna Bahadur Katuwal, assistant district administrator of Kathmandu, was quoted by Reuters as saying the government refused permission for Tibetans to mark the Dalai Lama’s birthday because “infiltrators” could create trouble. “There could be a law and order problem as infiltrators could organise demonstrations or try to self-immolate.”
According to the Reuters report, airport immigration authorities in Kathmandu refused to admit a US citizen of Tibetan origin and deported him last month, reportedly at China’s request.
Many schools across Nepal were recently reported to have made it mandatory for students to learn Chinese. They were apparently lured by the Chinese government’s offer to cover salaries of teachers who teach Mandarin. India has also followed with anxiety the recent visit by the Nepal army chief to Beijing which saw the two sides agreeing to further “upgrade” military ties.
The Dalai Lama’s birthday event in Kathmandu, according to media reports, was to be attended by several western diplomats. “These diplomats have expressed serious concerns about the forced cancellation of the event, which is a severe violation of rights of people of the Tibetan community,” one of them was quoted as having said by Himalayan Times on condition of anonymity.



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