Nepal | August 12, 2020

Eight Tibetans being sent to India

Rewati Sapkota
Share Now:

Kathmandu, July 26

The government is all set to send eight Tibetan refugees to the Indian city of Dharmashala, where thousands of Tibetans and their spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, are living in exile.

It is coordinating with its Indian counterpart and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees to make the departure of refugees as smooth as possible.

The refugees will be given exit passes and will enter India via the border in Sunauli tomorrow, according to the Department of Immigration. The Indian Embassy in Kathmandu is overseeing the matter, the DoI said.

The refugees are being sent to India based on an informal agreement among Nepal, India and the UNHCR on matters related to Tibetan refugees. The UNHCR and DoI have already verified the nationality of the refugees and are allowing the refugees to proceed to India “to protect their religious rights”.

The refugees who are leaving for India are: Lobsang Phuntsok, 17, male, Thupten Tsering, 13, female, Sherab Kunsel, 19, male, Rinchen Namgyal, 19, male, Sonam Chokdue, 19, male, Yung Tsuk, 22, male, Tenzin, 23, male, Ngawang Choeying, 38, female.

They had entered Nepal from border points in Dolakha and Rasuwa less than a year ago. They were verified as Tibetan refugees on July 20 by Tibetan Reception Centre at Halchok, Kathmandu.

On July 17, the government had detained two Tibetan refugees — Wanbo, 20, a resident of Shigatse, and Kunga, 25, from Lasha — from Tatopani border in Sindhupalchowk. They have been sent to Dharmashala, India, said DoI officials.

Earlier in June, two Tibetan refugees —  Kunsang Nyima, 24, and Pema Dhudul, 25 — were also sent to India.

Many Tibetans have been fleeing their country and seeking refuge in Nepal since the Tibet uprising of 1959.

Before 2008, Nepal used to receive around 2,000 Tibetan refugees per year. Since then the number has dropped, with annual inflow of Tibetan refugees now hovering around 100. Around 14,000 Tibetan refugees are currently living in 12 settlements across Nepal.

A version of this article appears in print on July 27, 2018 of The Himalayan Times.

Follow The Himalayan Times on Twitter and Facebook

Recommended Stories:

More from The Himalayan Times:

Livewire Lukaku leads Inter to Europa League semi-finals

DUSSELDORF: Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku scored the winner in a 2-1 victory over Bayer Leverkusen as he tormented the Germans to lead his side into the Europa League semi-finals on Monday. Nicolo Barella put Inter ahead after 15 minutes, driving the ball home after Lukaku's shot w Read More...

COVID cases on the rise in Dharan

Dharan, August 10 The number of people infected with COVID-19 is increasing in Dharan Sub-metropolitan City. Nine more people tested positive for the disease in the city today. After the virus spread in the community from Preeti Valve and Fittings factory in Dharan Industrial Estate, the su Read More...

Bara to set up 400-bed isolation ward

Bara, August 10 Authorities in Bara have decided to set up a 400-bed provincial isolation ward in Jitpursimara Sub-metropolitan City for treatment of coronavirus infected persons. “Work to construct the isolation ward will start from tomorrow and finish in two weeks,” said Jitpursimara sub Read More...

Cases of coronavirus rising among bank staff

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 10 The rising cases of coronavirus among bank staffers across the country have raised serious concerns over the effectiveness of measures adopted by banks and financial institutions (BFIs) to prevent the spread of the virus. As banking services are among essential services an Read More...

Four of a family dead as house collapses in Doti

DOTI: Four members of a family were killed after their house collapsed in Adharsha Rural Municipality-1 of Doti District on Monday night. The deceased have been identified as Loke Luhar, his wife Bishna (35), son Paras (11), daughter Siru (7) and Jenisha (4), informed Deputy Superintendent of Read More...

849 passengers arrive on last day of fourth phase of repatriation

KATHMANDU, AUGUST 10 A total of 849 Nepalis were evacuated today via five flights. According to Tribhuvan International Airport (TIA), Nepal Airlines Corporation (NAC) evacuated 151 passengers and Himalaya Airlines repatriated 149 passengers from Doha in Qatar. Himalaya Airlines also brought h Read More...

Lebanese government resigns after Beirut blast, public anger

BEIRUT: Lebanon’s prime minister stepped down from his job Monday in the wake of the catastrophic explosion in Beirut that has triggered public outrage, saying he has come to the conclusion that corruption in the country is “bigger than the state.” The move risks opening the way to dragged- Read More...

Ramechhap farmers perform puja for rain

Ramechhap, August 10 At a time when continuous rainfall and attendant disasters have been causing loss of life and property in most parts of the country, farmers of Manthali, Ramechhap, are offering puja to god for rainfall so that they can cultivate paddy. As rainfall hasn’t occurred here t Read More...