Monday, May 12, 2008

No freedom of speech in Nepal

Today, Tibetan women demonstrated peacefully in Kathmandu, calling for a free and independent Tibet.

They were arrested. Over 500 of them are now in a government detention centre, simply for peacefully expessing their views.

This is an outrageous denial of freedom of speech, from a government which should know better. In case they've forgotten, they are only in power today because so many Nepalese took to the streets to defend the right to speak out against their absolute monarch. But like their (almost former) king, the Nepalese government claims the right to jail any who disagree with it. I guess nothing has changed there after all.