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Nepal Police beat Tibetan Protestors in front of the UN House
Phayul[Saturday, March 15, 2008 20:35]
By Tenzin Choephel
Phayul Correspondent

An elderly Tibetan man pleads to Nepali Police not to beat Tibetans.
An elderly Tibetan man pleads to Nepali Police not to beat Tibetans.
Kathmandu, March 15 - Nepal Police indiscriminately lathi charged several hundred Tibetan protesters in front of the UN House at Pulchowk, Kathmandu this afternoon. The Tibetans were staging a peaceful sit in protest in front of the UN House in support of the ongoing protests in Tibet and were asking the UN to investigate the killing of Tibetan protesters in Tibet. The Tibetans were saying prayers when the Police lathi charged them and took away 12 Tibetans who were on a hunger strike there. Police later beat other Tibetans and drove them away from the UN House.

The 12 Tibetans including one woman were detained at Jwalakhel Police Station until about 7 PM and were released later. Several hundred Tibetans were waiting outside the police station demanding their release.

Nepali Police taking away Tibetan protestors in front of the UN House.
Nepali Police taking away Tibetan protestors in front of the UN House.
According to a local Human Rights Activist the Nepali Police are trying to intimidate the Tibetans saying there is no legal ground for Nepali Police to detainthe protesters.

According to our source, there is fresh protest going on in Boudha at the time of filing this report. Hundreds of Tibetans are also holding a candlelight vigil around Swayambunath Stupa.

Yesterday evening Nepali Police indiscriminately beat up Tibetans including women and school children at Boudha around 7PM after hundreds of angry Tibetans demonstrated shouting slogans of free Tibet and tried to go out of the Boudhanath Stupa area on to the street after holding a candlelight vigil organized by the Regional Tibetan Youth Congress (RTYC).

Police arrested three Tibetan men Namgyal Dawa, Tenzin and Gelek from the scene, detained them at the Boudha Police Station where they were severely beaten and injured, they were released after about 2 hours.

Tibetans staging a demonstration in front of UN House in Pulchowk, Kathmandu.
Tibetans staging a demonstration in front of UN House in Pulchowk, Kathmandu.
Human Rights Watch yesterday issued a press release urging the Nepali Government to respect and uphold the freedoms of expression and assembly, and due process, guaranteed under domestic law and by the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). Nepal is a party to the ICCPR.
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