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Archive for November, 2010

Human rights and Bhutan

Bhutan is not responding to global queries raised against the stories of human rights violations in the country. It is simply using its own tactics to promote the art of lying through various means. Similar tone was observed when the government was made to respond to recommendations it received for its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR), during the 13th session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) on March this year. The government had reiterated its commitment to finding a sustainable solution of the long-standing refugee issue through a bilateral process with Nepal, but nothing has been initiated so far

Published on Nov 29 2010 // Opinion

Human Rights and Bhutan

I am quite certain that most of us are well aware of the Bhutanese refugee problem and deteriorating human rights situation inside Bhutan. Violation of human rights in Bhutan from the state authority started becoming more rampant since 1988. As a result of this, almost one-third of Bhutan’s population was forcefully evicted out of country […]

Published on Nov 29 2010 // Opinion

Human rights and Bhutan

I am quite certain that most of us are well aware of the Bhutanese refugee problem and deteriorating human rights situation inside Bhutan. Violation of human rights in Bhutan from the state authority started becoming more rampant since 1988. As a result of this, almost one-third of Bhutan’s population was forcefully evicted out of country […]

Published on Nov 28 2010 // Opinion

Open chapter in Bhutan, Rizal asks SAHR

Human rights leader Tek Nath Rizal asked the South Asian for Human Rights (SAHR) to coordinate for its branch office in Bhutan for monitoring the situation. File photo: Tek Nath Riza/pic : TP Mishra Rizal finds SAHR as the best organization as he claims it organized several conferences and published material on Bhutanese refugee issues. […]

Published on Nov 28 2010 // Main News

A Culture of Appreciation

Even before the existence of any agencies, and while their counterparts were busy looking for a better opportunity to shape their lives, this group of noble people sat down in a corner of a small hut in Maidhar and started writing their mission. They knew nothing favored them, but they fought hard. Their dedication and unity paid them off. They accomplished their mission. I am talking about none other than the small group of people who started the education system in the refugee camp. It was long after the institution was set up that they were assured of some help by any agency. One can logically argue that education would have started anyway, and I agree, but would not have been possible until two years time from then.

Published on Nov 24 2010 // Opinion

A culture of apprecition-II

Whether it is the fourth Thursday of November in USA or the second Monday of October in Canada, people in these countries have a reason to celebrate. History has enough evidence to reveal that commemorations have more or less remained the same, be it with respect to their significance or the purpose with which they […]

Published on Nov 24 2010 // Opinion

Experts ask GoN to adopt Refugee Convention

Former Chief Commissioner of National Human Right Commission of Nepal Sudip Pathak expressed that Nepal must adopt the Refugee Convention 1951 to safeguard the basic rights of refugees in Nepal. “The government should adopt the convention to make refugees feel that their rights are well protected,” Pathak said while presenting a paper at an interaction […]

Published on Nov 21 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

The Struggling Journey

While I was listening to my uncle’s story, my subconscious mind started flying with lost hopes of despair; I could clearly realize my future distorting and my mind went blank for a couple of minutes. I collected strength and started talking again. I tried from my end to convince them to withdraw the form, but the type of situation they were in –that does not need a mention here – I think I was too young to understand the depth of it. We set the date, for it could not be before the 18th of December, as it took some time for my transition and more over I was leaving permanently everything.

Published on Nov 20 2010 // Untold Story

Southern Bhutanese aren't people of Nepal

I have often heard that some of our Southern Bhutanese people do not consider themselves as true Bhutanese. Those of you, who think this cannot be true Bhutanese because our people of Southern Bhutanese are not people of Nepal nor are you Indians from Kalimpong and Darjeeling. But, there is a great difference and that difference is because you all are people of the Pelden Drukpa. All of us are like one family. From tomorrow onwards we will be holding developmental meetings and I will be meeting your representatives and mandals. I would like you to know that as far as the development of Southern Bhutan is concerned in the field of animal husbandry, agriculture, schools, hospitals, cash crops and overall

Published on Nov 15 2010 // Opinion

DNC welcomes Suu Kyi’s release

Druk National Congress (DNC) has welcomed the release of pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi by the military regime in Myanmar. Issuing a press statement Monday, DNC chairman Rongthong Kunley Dorji said, “Her release is an inspiration to democracy loving citizens.” He further said, DNC salutes her spirit and prays that the aspiration of genuine […]

Published on Nov 15 2010 // Main News