Two members of parliament from Nepal attended a prominent Tibet convention in Europe secretly violating its foreign policy with China. According to a report in the local news paper from Nepal, one of the two parliamentarians belong to the party of the incumbent government and it is feared that the Nepal will face severe complaint from China.
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.
According to the report, 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. While government officials claim to have no information about them, the report said that Iqabal Miya admitted to have attended it while Pradip Yadav could not be reached.
Since Nepal is in a sweet relationship with China, it follows the ‘One China Policy’ that makes it to strictly condemn any pro-Tibet causes. The government has been forced to order a probe against 3 of their journalists for writing an article about His Holiness the Dalai Lama. China keeps putting on pressure upon other countries to avoid any contact with the Tibetan spiritual leader and the Central Tibetan Administration in exile.
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.