Rights Group: Nepal Seizes Tibetan from Refugee Center, Deports to China

A Washington-based human rights group says Nepali police have handed a Tibetan man seized from a United Nations' refugee center over to Chinese authorities.

The International Campaign for Tibet issued a release Monday claiming Nepali authorities transferred the man at a border crossing Monday afternoon to face allegations he stabbed a Chinese man.

Sources in Kathmandu say Nepali police late Saturday raided a Tibetan refugee center run by the U.N. refugee agency. The sources say police used a photograph to identify 27-year-old Tsering Thondrup and took him away,

Tsering Thondrup is reported to be from Qinghai,(Amdo) a province bordering the Tibet Autonomous Region that has a large Tibetan population.

ICT says up to 60 police were involved in Saturday's raid, which the rights group calls an unprecedented show of force.

In 2003, the UNHCR said the return of 18 Tibetan asylum seekers by Nepal to China was a blatant violation of international law.

As of 2005, UNHCR estimated there to be more than 20-thousand Tibetan refugees in Nepal.

ICT says thousands of Tibetans each year make the difficult journey across the Himalayas to Nepal. Many then journey to northern India where the Dalai Lama lives in exile.