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Tibet: News Exile Tibetan Parliament Seeks to Secure Rights of Tibetans in Nepal

Tibetan Parliament Seeks to Secure Rights of Tibetans in Nepal

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12october20102Dharamshala: The Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile today has called on the United Nations and Amnesty International for their help in ensuring the rights of Tibetans living in Nepal to conduct democratic elections.

The appeal came days after the Nepalese government disrupted the general election of Tibetans in Nepal by forcibly confiscating ballot boxes during the first round of voting on 3 October.

The deputy speaker of the Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile has written an appeal letter to the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navanthem Pillay and the director of London-based Amnesty International on 8 October.

"I would humbly like to submit that the 2nd of September 2010 marked the 50th year of Tibetan Democracy in Exile. That on the 3rd of October, the Tibetan community in exile went on primary to the election of the members of the 15th Tibetan Parliament in Exile and also to that of the Kalon Tripa," Deputy Speaker Dolma Gyari said in the letter.

"The first elected members of the Tibetan Parliament in Exile took of Office on the 2nd of September 1960. In the last 50 years, there has never been a law and order problem created by our community on the days of the elections. More so, we are grateful to our host nations that there never was interruption to prevent us from electing our own representatives and the Kalon Tripa," the letter noted.

"Therefore, the 3rd October incident in Nepal, whereby the Nepalese police personnel, in spite of the permission granted by the competent local authorities, forcefully took away ballot boxes from the polling centers at Boudha and Swyambhu, both under the jurisdiction of the Nepal's capital Kathmandu, is shocking and we strongly condemn this unprecedented act against democracy."

"The Tibetan Parliament in Exile appeals to the United Nations and Amnesty International that through your official and personal channels to help release the ballot boxes from the police authority of Nepal and to ensure that the Tibetan diaspora community is able to continue to democratically elect their own representatives and the Kalon Tripa," the letter noted.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 03 November 2010 09:02 )  


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