(TibetanReview.net, Nov18, 2016) – The immigration authorities in Nepal have released 39 of the 41 Tibetans they had caught on Nov 14 on suspicion of having entered the country illegally. The released Tibetans were from Tibet and had valid passports issued by the Chinese government. However it took a negotiation by Human Rights Organization of Nepal (HURON) to win the release.
The remaining two Tibetans were residents of India and the authorities were stated to be verifying their documentary proof of their residential status.
The 41 Tibetans were stopped at Dhangadi, 430 km (270 miles) southwest of Kathmandu while travelling in a bus towards India. Police said none of them had travel document and were therefore held and handed over to the immigration authorities in capital Kathmandu. They were said to be planning to go to India on pilgrimage.
Chinese passports do not permit Tibetans to travel to India for fear that they may attend religious teachings of Tibet’s exiled spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who is reviled by Beijing as a separatist even though he only seeks realistic autonomy for his homeland.