Nepal : Authorities cremate tibetan protester’s remains in secret

Nepalese authorities have secretly cremated the remains of a Tibetan self-immolator in defiance of pleas by the Tibetan community that traditional Buddhist funeral rites be conducted for him.The cremation took place on Sept.2, nearly a month after he self-immolated in Kathmandu in protest against Beijing’s rule in Tibet.The authorities secretly burned the body of Karma Ngedon Gyatso at Cremation Pyre No. 5” at Pashupatinath Aryaghat Karma Ngedon Gyatso, a Tibetan monk, self-immolated on Aug. 6 and was then taken to the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital in Kathmandu, where he was pronounced dead.

Authorities later turned down repeated requests by rights groups and Tibetan community members that they be given possession of Gyatso’s remains so that traditional death ceremonies could be performed.

In an Aug. 20 statement, Tibetan Youth Congress president Tenzin Jigme urged Nepalese authorities “to either hand over the body to the Tibetan community in Kathmandu or arrange for the correct funeral rituals according to Buddhist traditions.”

China has become more aggressive in recent years in urging Nepal to restrict the activities of the Tibetan refugees and to help control the movement of Tibetans in both directions across the countries’ shared border.

DossierTibet , 19/09/2013


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