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Tibetan refugees shot at by Chinese troops: activists

November 1, 2007

KATHMANDU, Oct 31, (AFP) — Refugees trying to flee Chinese-controlled Tibet to Nepal have been shot at by soldiers, a year after a nun was shot and killed in the
same area, an activist group said.

"No Tibetans in the group were killed or injured but several of them... were taken into Chinese custody," the International Campaign for Tibet said.

In September 2006, foreign climbers on Nepal's border with Tibet filmed Chinese border guards shooting and killing a young Buddhist nun, one of a group of around 70
people who were trying to flee to Nepal.

In the latest incident reported by the Washington-based group, around 30 Tibetans were trying to cross the high altitude Nang Pa La pass between Tibet and Nepal
when they were shot at last month.

"The shooting on October 18 indicates that firing on unarmed Tibetans escaping into exile, including children, is still regarded by the Chinese authorities as 'normal border
management,' as Beijing informed western governments last year," it said in a statement.

Those who evaded capture are in a refugee reception centre in Kathmandu after making the gruelling journey across the Himalayas.

Despite the arduous journey and risks from Chinese soldiers, around 2,500 people continue to make the dangerous trip out of Tibet every year.

Most refugees are then transferred to the government-in-exile set up by the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, in Dharamsala in northern India.

The Dalai Lama fled Tibet in 1959 after an abortive uprising against Chinese rule.

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