Asylum-Seeking Refugees Stage Protest In Kathmandu

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Refugees seeking asylum in Nepal have staged a protest at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees’ office (UNHCR).

The refugees are protesting since Monday, with 11 points demand.

“We took asylum in Nepal as we could not survive in our country. We had our own struggles and hard times.  We assumed our condition would be better when we arrived in Nepal, but with the decline of the services we receive as refugees by 2015, our situation has been miserable,” said a refugee from Afghanistan.

The refugees, who are currently protesting at the UNHCR, have demanded that they be provided with educational facilities for their children, monthly assistance, health facilities, and employment.

“We are willing to return to our nation if our safety is ensured. But the UN should take responsibility for our safety. If UNHCR does this, we will definitely return,” said a Rohingya refugee.

Although the UNHCR has granted temporary identity cards to many refugees in Nepal, it has been criticized for not making any difference in their livelihood.

Refugees from Bangladesh, Myanmar, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, and other conflict-affected countries have been participating in the protest.

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Jenish Shrestha
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