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Monday, November 16, 1998 Published at 16:47 GMT


World: South Asia

Tibetan children leave Indian schools

Tibetans prefer to send children to exile schools in India

By Ashwani Kumar in Shimla

An increasing number of Tibetans are withdrawing their children from Indian schools under pressure from the Chinese authorities.

Officials of the Tibetan government-in-exile say China has threatened action against parents who are sending their children to schools across the border with India.

The latest case is of three children who were withdrawn from a school in the state in October after Chinese authorities threatened action against their parents.

Tibetan officials said that about four years ago China had issued orders banning government employees from sending their children to exile schools in India but the flow from families outside the government had continued unabated.

Most Tibetans prefer to send their children to India.

They say there are no educational facilities and religious teachings have been stifled by the Chinese in Tibet.

Officials of the Tibetan government say more and more Tibetans have been sending their children to India in the face of an increasing Chinese crackdown.

They said in the last nine months, more than 2,000 Tibetans have poured into India forcing the Chinese authorities to act against the parents whose children are studying in exile schools.

A Tibetan group, the Tibetan Centre for Democracy and Human Rights, has complained to the Amnesty International and the United Nations Human Rights Commission.

The group says China is violating basic human rights by forcing Tibetans to withdraw their children from India.



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