Tibetans in exile have elected Penpa Tsering as their next political leader, in a two stage election, the second of which was held on April 11, 2021. More than 60,000 Tibetans (out of the 83,079 registered voters) voted in this election showing a voter turnout of over 70 per cent.
Refugees and exile
On 11 April 2021, Tibetans in the free world will participate in the final elections to select their political leader, known as the sikyong, and 45 members of their parliament.
With the announcement this week of candidates for the next president (or “sikyong”) and parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan community outside of Tibet has entered the final round of its democratic exercise.
Several thousand Tibetans in exile voted on Jan. 3, 2021 in the first round of the two-round elections for the president and the parliament of the Central Tibetan Administration.
In a report released today for an upcoming human rights review of Nepal, FIDH and ICT call on the Nepali government to respect and fulfill the rights of Tibetans in Nepal, who have become more vulnerable as a result of China’s mounting influence in the Himalayan country.
Two agreements signed by Nepal and China during President Xi Jinping’s October 2019 visit and obtained by the International Campaign for Tibet could seriously endanger Tibetans, including those residing in Nepal and those fleeing there from Tibet.
The government of Nepal banned a public celebration of the Dalai Lama’s birthday in Kathmandu on July 6, further undermining the human rights and civil liberties of both Tibetans and Nepalese citizens who revere the Dalai Lama as their spiritual master.
Conditions Impacting the Flight of Tibetan Refugees.
In 2009, the situation for Tibetans deteriorated further in Nepal as the Chinese sought to block protests about repression in Tibet. Border security was still tight following the crackdown in Tibet as a result of unrest that swept the plateau from March, 2008, and numbers of Tibetans escaping into exile were low compared to previous […]
Dangerous Crossings 2007-8 details new developments for Tibetans in Nepal from 2007 until the present, documenting the insecurity and danger for Tibetans in transit from Tibet to India, and for long-staying Tibetan refugees in Nepal. The reports support the proposition that resolving difficulties for Tibetans in Nepal would also serve the interests of the Nepalese […]