In recent months, accusations have been made that the government is providing political security to rhino poachers. Amidst this controversy, accusations have been made against two foreign ambassadors, which suggest that they are involved in the poaching and smuggling of rhino horns. The authorities say that they have been trying to take action against the smugglers and our source at the Department of National Parks and Wildlife Reserves says they even have proof. They say that though they would like to catch the diplomats red-handed, they lack the resources to go after them. The officials did say, however, that they are coordinating with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to take appropriate action.
The Vienna Convention does not allow diplomats working in foreign countries to be involved in any kind of business or employment. Experts say that with enough proof of their illegal activities, Nepal can deport these diplomats anytime. The department says that in the last nine months 13 rhinos from Chitwan National Park have been killed and in the last eight years, 190 rhinos have been poached from the Chitwan and Bardia national parks.