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June 27, 2008       नेपालीमा

This statement is jointly being released by the diplomatic missions in Nepal of Australia, Canada, Denmark, Germany, Norway, the United Kingdom, the United States and France, on behalf of the EU, acting as its local President.

Tibetan Detentions

"We would like to express our strong concern regarding the Government of Nepal's recent detention without charge of three members of the Tibetan community in Nepal:  Kalsang Chung, Ngawang Sangmo, and Tashi Dolma.  We note that none of the three participated in violent actions and that Kalsang Chung is not known to have participated in any protests at all.  We call for their immediate release.

We are also very concerned about the ongoing harsh treatment of peaceful protesters during arrest by the Nepali police.  We understand and respect Nepal's national security concerns and, certainly, the importance of protecting diplomatic premises.  We urge you, however, to ensure the humane treatment of peaceful protesters.

The use of preventive detention under the Public Security Act (PSA) also raises concern in relation to Nepal's obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) not to engage in arbitrary detention.

Nepal is justifiably proud of its tradition of generous hospitality toward refugees.  We urge Nepal to continue this tradition and adhere to international human rights standards as Nepal continues on its path as a democratic nation."