Kathmandu and Beijing are preparing to sign an extradition treaty which could affect Tibetans in Nepal.
Nepal is getting ready to sign an extradition treaty with China during President Xi Jinping’s visit to the country which is due in mid-October, leading Nepal news site Khabarhub reported.
A draft of the treaty is ready but a meeting of Nepal’s Council of Ministers needs to approve it before it will be signed, unnamed sources told Khabarhub.
It is unclear whether it will be approved but Beijing has been pushing Nepal to sign the treaty.
The agreement would mean China and Nepal could extradite citizens living in the other country to face trial in their own borders under their laws.
There is concern that Beijing wants the treaty signed to ensure that Nepal extradites any Tibetans within its territory who are involved in ‘pro-Tibetan’ or ‘anti-China’ activities.
“While Nepal has not endorsed such an agreement with India, China is pressing Nepal to sign the treaty during the high-level visit. Such issues are of a serious nature and treaties of this nature need to be discussed thoroughly across the political spectrum before being finalized,” unnamed experts told Khabarhub.
The experts added that the treaty should not be signed behind closed doors and under pressure.
On 9 September RFA reported that six Tibetan asylum seekers who reached Nepal were being deported back into Chinese custody by the Nepalese government.
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