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Report: Tibetans in Nepal Are Suffering Under Growing Chinese Pressure

Nepal Tibetan Protest
Nepali policemen detain exiled Tibetans participating in a protest outside the Chinese embassy in Kathmandu on March 10, 2014 Niranjan Shrestha—Associated Press

Human Rights Watch says growing Chinese pressure on the Nepali government has led to restrictions and harassment of Tibetans seeking refuge in the country, traditionally a safe haven for those fleeing China's crackdown on religious freedom

Tibetans living in Nepal are facing increased restrictions and harassment because of growing pressure from China, according to a new report.

The report released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch says Tibetans who have sought refuge in Nepal are suffering from “routine abuses” by Nepali security forces and a de facto ban on political protests and other activities promoting culture and religion from Tibet.

“Nepal is invoking vague and inconsistent justifications to silence peaceful protest, discriminate against Tibetans and intimidate Nepali civil society activists,” Brad Adams, Asia director at Human Rights Watch, said in a statement.

For decades Nepal has played a crucial role for Tibetans fleeing China’s growing crackdown on religious freedom, but in recent years China has increased pressure on Nepal.

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