In Kathmandu, Tibetan refugees elect local leaders

In Kathmandu, Tibetan refugees elect local leaders

Tibetan refugees in Kathmandu chose Bauddha and Jorpati as their local leaders. Jorpati is a populated location in Nepal’s Bagmati Zone, Central Region, while Bauddha is close to Phubari and Gumba. Despite the fact that they are refugees in Nepal, they have elected Babu Kalsang as their leader in local elections. Babu Kalsang, the Tibetan refugee camp chief in Kathmandu Metropolitan City-6, Bauddha, and Khampa camps in Jorpati, was chosen. Babu Kalsang received 577 votes in the election, while Furbu Tansi received 476 votes. A total of 1028 votes were cast in the election.

Tibet has been occupied and ruled over by China and the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) since 1951 in “a calculated and systematic strategy aimed at the destruction of their national and cultural identities” according to the 14th Dalai Lama. This has often been described by the Tibetan people as cultural genocide.

The Nepal government has allowed Tibetan refugees to hold internal elections for the sake of democracy and human rights, reported EPARDAFAS. Earlier, the government of Nepal had not allowed the election. In this regard, organizations active in the field of refugees were urging the government to hold elections for the Tibetan refugees.

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