Nepal prevents Tibetan refugees from celebrating the day of the Dalai Lama's feast
In the midst of China's growing economic and defense ties with Nepal , it is reported that the latter has stalled a Tibetan refugee program to celebrate the 84th birthday of the Dalai Lama.
Media reports from Kathmandu He said that even several Western diplomats had expressed reservations about the government measure of K P Sharma Oli. The permission for a public event to commemorate the Dalai Lama's birthday was apparently denied for security reasons.
Nepal in the past has been detained on their way to India and later handed 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. 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.