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  • Tibetan Refugees gather to celebrate the 55th anniversary of their exile in Nepal

     

    Thousands of Tibetan refugees gathered on the 66th International Human Rights Day in order to raise awareness about the situation of Tibet and to celebrate their 55 years in exile in Nepal at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal.

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL. December 10th, 2014. A group of exiled Tibetans, including Buddhist monks, stand in front of a wall painted with the Tibetan Flag during the celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of their exile in Nepal from Tibet at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 December 2014. Photo by Omar Havana

    More than 20,000 Tibetans currently reside in Nepal, many of whom have been there since the exile of the Dalai Lama from Tibet in 1959. Before 2008, as many as 2,000 Tibetans were still arriving in Nepal each year, although that number dropped to less than 200 per year by 2013, trekking across Himalayan mountain passes to reach Nepal. Many of them then cross into India, where they are given political asylum, as they are denied identity documents, access to free education and health services and livelihood opportunities by Nepali authorities.

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL. December 10th, 2014. A group of exiled Tibetan monks carry a photo of the 14th Dalai Lama during the celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of their exile in Nepal from Tibet at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 December 2014. Photo: ©Omar Havana. All Rights Reserved

     The flight of Tibetan citizens from Tibet began during the Chinese Maoist government’s expansionist policy between 1949 and 1959, with many fleeing to India and some to Nepal. After the 1959 Lhasa uprising, Nepal opened its borders for Tibetan refugees, resulting in a significant increase in the number of Tibetans entering Nepal. However, following the signature of a treaty between Tibet and China in 1986, the flow of refugees into Nepal was substantially reduced. New and even stricter border control policies enacted by Nepal in 1989 due to Chinese pressure resulted in even greater restrictions on the ability of Tibetan refugees to enter Nepal.

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL. December 10th, 2014. A group of exiled young Tibetan women put on make up in preparation for the celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of their exile in Nepal from Tibet at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 December 2014. Photo: ©Omar Havana. All Rights Reserved

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL. December 10th, 2014. An exiled Tibetan dancer performs traditional dances during the celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of their exile in Nepal from Tibet at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 December 2014. Photo: ©Omar Havana. All Rights Reserved

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL. December 10th, 2014. A exiled Tibetan man holds a Tibetan praying wheel in front of a pile of burning incense during the celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of their exile in Nepal from Tibet at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 December 2014. Photo: ©Omar Havana. All Rights Reserved

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL. December 10th, 2014. A exiled Tibetan woman places a traditional Katha in front of a portrait of the 14th Dalai Lama during the celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of their exile in Nepal from Tibet at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 December 2014. Photo: ©Omar Havana. All Rights Reserved

    KATHMANDU, NEPAL. December 10th, 2014. Two young exiled Tibetan Buddhist monks stand in front of a wall painted with the Tibetan Flag during the celebrations of the 55th Anniversary of their exile in Nepal from Tibet at the Srongtsen Bhrikuti Boarding School in Tinchuli, Kathmandu, Nepal on 10 December 2014. Photo: ©Omar Havana. All Rights Reserved