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UK Nepalese Embassy agrees to follow-up on Tibetan "ballot boxes" incident

October 13, 2010

By Tsering Passang
October 7, 2010

London -- Three UK Tibet-related organisations submitted a letter of
concern to the London-based Embassy of Nepal by calling for the
return of eighteen Tibetan "ballot boxes," which were forcefully
taken away by the Nepalese police in Kathmandu earlier this week.  On
3rd October, Tibetans across the world went to the poll to elect
their Kalon Tripa (Prime Minister) and Chithues (Members of Parliament).

The petition, addressed to the Nepalese Ambassador, was accepted by
Mr Ganesh Adhikari, Administrative Attache. Adhikari assured the
Tibetan representatives that their concern would be forwarded to the
relevant government authority in Nepal through their diplomatic
channel at the earliest possible opportunity.

The Nepalese official said that the incident could be a
misunderstanding, a matter that is also of concern to them. The
official also added that Tibetans should be able to enjoy their human
rights. Nepal is currently home to some 20,000 Tibetan refugees.

Whilst the three organisations (Students for Free Tibet, Tibetan
Youth UK and Tibet Society), which also staged a protest near The
Embassy of Nepal on 5th October in relation to the "ballot boxes"
incident, await a formal response from the Nepalese Ambassador,
sources in Kathmandu say that the police authority are in the process
of returning the "ballot boxes" back to the Tibetans.
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