Organized by the Tibetan Centre for Human Rights & Democracy (TCHRD) in association with Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) Tibetan Students Forum, a seminar on “Nepal-Tibet Relations and Sino-Tibetan Conflict” was held at the conference hall of the School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi from August 22 – 23, 2014.
The two-day seminar dwelt mainly on causes of problems that Tibetan refugees are facing in Nepal, the change of Nepal’s soft policy toward Tibetan refugees, and its proximity with China.
“We have organized the seminar in JNU to make known the problems that Tibetan refugees are facing in Nepal to the students from Nepal who are studying here at JNU. It is important for them to know as they will lead Nepal's future.” says Tsering Tsomo the director of TCHRD and added that the largest numbers of foreign students studying at JNU are from Nepal.
Since Nepal is not a signatory to international refugee convention and the government does not recognize Tibetans crossing Nepal-Tibet border as refugees, the office of UNHCR was forced to shut down after the incident of Karmapa’s escape through Nepal.
Professor Jayadeva Ranade, President of the Centre for China Analysis and Strategy was the main speaker of the first day theme on Nepal-Tibet Relations. Others were Professor Srikanth Kondapalli, Professor Sangeeta Thapliyal from JNU, and Maria Sharapan from Finland.