Two lawmakers from Nepal face the heat of their own governmental probe after China complained of their participation in an international Tibetan convention recently. The lawmakers from Nepal had participated in the international Tibet convention held in Europe without informing the Parliament secretariat of the country.
Tibetan Parliament-in-Exile (TPiE) in association with Latvian Parliamentary Support Group for Tibet and International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet (INPaT) had organized the 7th World Parliamentarians’ Convention on Tibet (WPCT) in Riga, Latvia from 7-10 this month. The convention was attended by about 100 participants including 25 Members of Parliament from Australia, New Zealand, France, Romania, Canada, Czech Republic, Lithuania, India, Nepal, Chile, Latvia, UK, and Scotland.
Pradip Yadav of the Samajbadi Party, Nepal, which was formed after the merger of the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum-Nepal and the Naya Shakti Party Nepal, and Iqabal Miya of the Rastriya Janata Party-Nepal participated in the convention. Speaker Krishna Bahadur Mahara is now investigating the case to find out the intention of their participation.
According to senior officials from the government, China has taken the case very seriously and they have expressed their concerns to the government of Nepal. The Foreign Ministry of Nepal has too stated that the country firmly stands on its One-China policy and does not allow any activity contrary to it on its soil.
The convention in its declaration has called upon China; to end the repression of Tibetans, the violation of their fundamental human rights and freedoms; to end its control of the cultural, religious and social life of Tibetans and to release the Panchen Lama, who has been held captive for the past 24 years; to give unimpeded access to Tibet to foreign journalists, scholars and researchers, diplomats and other foreign citizens, including those of Tibetan origin; to cease its policies and practices that harm the natural environment of the Tibetan Plateau and to resume the dialogue with envoys of His Holiness the Dalai Lama without preconditions.