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[14 October 2010] In an act of assuagement, on Sunday 3 October Nepalese police raided two Tibetan voting centres in Kathmandu and seized ballot boxes on the premises. This extreme and unwarranted act was under the pretext that Tibetan refugees had no right to cast votes for a Prime Minister or parliament in exile whilst in Nepal. A police spokesman was quoted as saying, We have confiscated their ballot boxes. Our government has a one-China policy and we dont want any elements to speak against China.

Image This stance really questions the Nepalese governments commitment to civil liberties and democracy. That Tibetans voting for candidates standing for election to a parliament in exile is seen as anti-China is very partisan and mistrustful. Instead of encouraging the growth of Tibetan democracy in exile, the Nepalese government has clearly shown it is in thrall to China and defers to Chinas prescriptive stance on Tibet.

This is a very dangerous and sad precedent and plainly illustrates that the insidious public relations spin that China keeps propounding, namely the line that Tibet is part of China, is resulting in increasing acceptance worldwide. Repeat a lie long enough and it will be believed.

This must stop, anyone who believes in human rights, civil liberties and democracy must stand up and speak out to prevent the assimilation of Tibet before it is too late. Dont let Tibet become an extinct nation.

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ImageOn Tuesday 5 October, Students for a Free Tibet UK and Tibetan Youth UK organised a protest outside the Embassy of Nepal in London. Representatives of SFT-UK, TYUK and Tibet Society took the opportunity to hand in a letter for the Nepalese Ambassador from the three organisations that comdemned the actions of the Nepalese police and called for the ballots to be returned and for reassurances that information on the ballots would not be passed on to Chinese authorities or be used against Tibetans in Nepal. | Full text of letter | photos |

to the Nepali Ambassador and also the Nepali Prime Minister to condemn the actions of the Nepali police in confiscating the ballot boxes and call for their immediate return. Also call for reassurances that no personal information learnt from the ballot papers will be passed on to Chinese authorities.

Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise
Embassy of Nepal, 12A Kensington Palace Gardens, Bayswater Road, W8 4QU
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The Rt. Honourable Mr Madhav Kumar Nepal
Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Singh Durbar, Kathmandu, Nepal
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Write to, or arrange to meet, your MP and also to the Minister of State at the Foreign Office and urge them to express their concerns to the government of Nepal. Emphasise the Tibetan people's right to participate in a democratic process should be both respected and encouraged. Also mention this is a new hard line stance (Tibetans in Nepal have previously been permitted to vote in Tibetan parliament in exile elections), and voice your personal unease about possible dissemination of information gleaned from the voting papers in the ballot boxes about Tibetans in Nepal being passed to Chinese authorities, thereby placing Tibetans inside Tibet at risk.

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Letter from Students for a Free Tibet, Tibetan Youth UK and Tibet Society to the Nepalese Ambassador

Dr Suresh Chandra Chalise
Embassy of Nepal, 12A Kensington Palace Gardens, Bayswater Road
London W8 4QU

5 October 2010

Your Excellency

We are writing to you to express our shock and disappointment that on Sunday (3 October) police in Nepal confiscated boxes holding thousands of ballots cast by Tibetans participating in the preliminary round of international elections to nominate candidates to the office of Prime Minister and Parliament of the Tibetan Government-in-Exile. This action is counter to democratic principles and civil rights.

The Nepali authorities were informed about the Tibetan election in advance and had raised no objections. The electoral process was running smoothly until armed police stormed polling stations in the Kathmandu Valley around 4pm local time and confiscated the ballot boxes.

We condemn this outrageous act of repression by the Nepali authorities which stamps on Tibetan peoples democratic right to freely elect their political leadership. Under the leadership of the Dalai Lama, Tibetans have established a democratic system in exile that represents their commitment to upholding democratic rights and freedoms denied to Tibetans living in Chinese-occupied Tibet. Tibetans in Nepal have for decades participated, unimpeded, in the exile Tibetan democratic process and this should be allowed to continue.

We are aware that the Chinese government is exerting increasing pressure on your government to crack down on the political activities of Tibetans and forcibly repatriate those who escape across the border. Sundays move signals a very worrying escalation of these tactics. The mistreatment of Tibetans by the government of Nepal is an ugly stain on the record of a country that has for decades provided a safe haven for Tibetan refugees.

We call on the government of Nepal to immediately return the ballot boxes to Tibetan election officials and end its harassment and mistreatment of Tibetans, especially those escaping persecution in Chinese-occupied Tibet. We also seek reassurance that no personal information learnt from the ballot papers will be passed on to Chinese authorities and thereby place Tibetans inside Tibet at risk or that the information will be used against Tibetan refugees living in Nepal.

Yours sincerely

Philippa Carrick, CEO, Tibet Society
Pema Yoko, Deputy Director, Students for a Free Tibet UK
Karma Chura-Tsang, Director, Tibetan Youth UK   

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