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Picture taken in Boudhanath - one of the holiest Buddhist sites in Kathmandu.
When Tibetan refugees entered Nepal from Tibet in the 1950s, many decided to live around Bouddhanath.

About 3,000 Tibetans flee Tibet through Nepal anually, and approximately 20,000 reside in settlements scattered throughout Nepal. Tibet’s Stateless Nationals: Tibetan Refugees in Nepal appraises the current status and circumstances of Tibetan refugees in Nepal. Tibetans residing in Nepal and their descendants live in legal limbo; they are not recognized as refugees or given any definable legal status. Their future is increasingly insecure in a country that reluctantly acknowledges, but refuses to accept, their presence.
They and their children, born in Nepal and entitled under international law to acquire a nationality, remain stateless. Newly arriving refugees face increased harassment and risks of being returned to Tibet. By providing detailed information on these topics, Tibet Justice Center hopes to clarify the circumstances for Tibetan refugees in Nepal and to suggest politically feasible means to improve them. The circumstances highlighted by this report reveal a pressing need for governments, UNHCR, and the international community to reexamine the current informal arrangement regarding the status and treatment of Tibetan refugees in host countries, and to work to provide them with a more durable solution.

source: www.tibetjustice.org

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