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Authorities in Nepal have Deported 18 Tibetan Refugees to China - 2003-06-01


On Saturday, May 31, Nepalese authorities loaded 18 Tibetan refugees from prison in Kathmandu onto a Chinese Embassy vehicle, according to eyewitnesses. The refugees were reportedly in distress while they were loaded into the vehicle calling out to observers for help.

The refugee group included women and children as young as 6, according to activists who followed the police motorcade from the Nepalese capital of Katmandu to the Chinese border.

Tibetan Prime Minister minister-in-exile Samdhong Rinpoche said activists are deeply disappointed by the deportation and requested Chinese authorities hand over the refugees to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

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