New Delhi, 29 March 2012: Tsewang Rigzin, President of Tibetan Youth Congress has been banned entry from the United States just minutes after arriving at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi, India at 11:09 pm. He is en route to the US.
Tsewang Rigzin was rounded up by Indian immigration officers just after alighting from his plane from the United States to rejoin his office. He was told that his “banned entry” orders came directly from the Government of India. Tsewang Rigzin, an American national, has been serving as President of the organisation for almost five years with all necessary documents.
His deportation comes as an infringement of his legal rights provided by the Indian Government. Tsewang Rigzin was returning to India after organising a month-long “Indefinite Fast for Tibet” in front of the United Nations office in New York demanding amongst others; visits by UN fact-finding delegation and independent media inside Tibet to assess the ongoing critical situation, which had received a favourable response from the UN.
“TYC deems this action as overly cautious. This repetitive appeasement policy towards China has failed consistently. India needs to be more assertive when dealing with China and we believe that it is high time that India review its policy vis a vis China. It is unfortunate that India still fails to see the benefits of an independent Tibet”, said Mr Dhondup Lhadar, Vice President of the Congress.