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Tibetan Refugees (Nangpa La Pass)

Volume 451: debated on Wednesday 1 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs if she will make representations to the Chinese government on the whereabouts of a party of Tibetan refugees travelling through the Nangpa La Pass between Tibet and Nepal on 30 September 2006. (97710)

The Office of the UN High Commissioner on Refugees (UNHCR) in Nepal confirmed that 43 of the party of Tibetan refugees travelling through the Nangpa La Pass on 30 September 2006 arrived in Nepal; 41 have since travelled to India with UNHCR assistance. Following the reported shooting of one or more Tibetans on the Nangpa La Pass on this date, we have been working both bilaterally and with the EU to seek an urgent and transparent investigation by the Chinese government, including on the whereabouts of the remainder of the party. The EU raised the incident with the Chinese government at the EU-China Human Rights Dialogue, held in Beijing on 19 October 2006.