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Legal Status Foreseen for Christianity in Buddhist Bhutan

Country’s religious regulatory authority expected to consider recognition before year’s end. NEW DELHI, November 4 (CDN) — For the first time in Bhutan’s history, the Buddhist nation’s government seems ready to grant much-awaited official recognition and accompanying rights to a miniscule Christian population that has remained largely underground. The authority that regulates religious organizations will […]

Published on Nov 08 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Christian in Bhutan Imprisoned for Showing Film on Christ

A court in predominantly Buddhist Bhutan has sentenced a Christian to three years in prison for “attempting to promote civil unrest” by screening films on Christianity. A local court in Gelephu convicted Prem Singh Gurung, a 40-year-old ethnic Nepalese citizen from Sarpang district in south Bhutan, on Oct. 6, according to the government-run daily Kuensel. […]

Published on Oct 18 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Bhutan adopts convention on disabilities

In bid to promote rights of persons on disabilities, Bhutan has formally adopted the UN Convention on Disabilities. Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley signed the convention on September 21 on the UN Treaty Event – 2010 in New York, USA. During the singing ceremony, Thinley commented that adoption of this convention would pave ways to […]

Published on Sep 24 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Most suggestions accepted

March 20, 2010 – The government accepted a majority of the recommendations it received for its first universal periodic review (UPR), during the 13th session of the human rights council (HRC) held on March 18 in Geneva. Of the remainder, the delegation pointed out that some are already addressed by existing laws and the rest […]

Published on Mar 23 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Bhutan's human rights record poor: Report

March 12, 2010: The US state department’s annual human rights report documents a number of human rights violation incidents in Bhutan in the year 2009 despite liberalization of political and religious freedom. According to the report released on Thursday, there were five cases of disappearance in February 2009 from Samchi reported to UN Working Group […]

Published on Mar 12 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Domestic workers arrested, flushed out

March 10, 2010: Immigration officials have arrested some 130 people from Thimphu, Paro, Haa, Wangduephodrang, Punakha and Chhukha who were working as maids and baby sitter without obtaining permission from the government. Those arrested by the officials are as young as 10 years, and most came from India while few from Nepal. 40 were voluntarily […]

Published on Mar 10 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Fatherless children remain unregistered

March 5, 2010: The recent annual census registration carried out across the country has left many children without being registered. The major problem behind the failure to remain these children without being registered is clueless father, most of them born out of night hunting. According to national law, it is mandatory to mention father in […]

Published on Mar 05 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Three injured in capital's road accident

March 03, 2010: At least three people have been injured in a vehicle accident at the Debum Lam in Hongkong market, Thimphu on Tuesday. A Chinese bus lost control and crashed unto motor vehicles parked by the roadside damaging over a dozen of cars at around 2:15 pm. The bus however suffered minor damage on […]

Published on Mar 03 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Right to education at risk

February 25, 2010: The right to education in Bhutan is likely to deteriorate in the years to come, thanks to rigidity in issuing new permits to open more private colleges in the country. Less than half of the grade 10 pass out students will get admission this year in government-run higher secondary schools. Noting poor […]

Published on Feb 25 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Fake assurance to Dagana residents

January 31, 2010: People of Goshi geog under Dagana failed get government’s assurance to reopen their Goshi Junior High School by early 2010 tuned out to be a foul play of politics. The school was turned into an army barrack after 1990 and remained closed for two decades and more. Due to absence of the […]

Published on Jan 31 2010 // Human Rights Monitor