The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) caucus of Taiwan yesterday asked the government to grant asylum to about 110 Tibetan refugees. DPP Legislator Kuan Bi-ling told a press conference that the Tibetan refugees had endured much hardship, traveling across the Himalayas from Tibet to India or Nepal before reaching Taiwan.
They fled their motherland in search of religious and political freedom and to escape oppression by Chinese authorities, Kuan said. She asked the government to abide by the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees and the 1967 Protocol relating to the Status of Refugees and to grant the Tibetans asylum status and relief aid. She said the caucus would submit bills to the Internal Administration Committee and legislative plenary session and ask that the Tibetans be granted asylum, Taipei Times reported.
Tibetan asylum seekers say that even though they get support for their cause from politicians and general public, there is no law for refugee in Taiwan , which makes it harder to get refugee status.