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Despite Democracy, Christians in Bhutan Remain Underground

THIMPHU, Bhutan, In this distant and isolated nation in the eastern Himalayas, known as the “Land of the Thunder Dragon,” almost everything looks uniformly Buddhist. Most men and women in the landlocked country between India and China wear their national dress, and all the buildings – with their sloping walls, trefoil-shaped windows and pitched roofs […]

Published on Jan 26 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

When children abandon books to earn a living

Since the days of Victorian England where children were exploited as chimney sweeps, the world has become a more advanced place where child labor is no longer accepted. In a country such as Bhutan, where small rural families depend on every family member contributing to the care and maintenance of agricultural holdings, child labor is […]

Published on Jan 20 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Delay in justice delivery

Jan 18: Absence of judges at the existing highest court of the country has badly affected justice delivery almost for last one month. The High Court, the existing apex court of the country currently has only one sitting judge while regulation needs at least two judges to for hearing cases and giving verdict. With Jigme […]

Published on Jan 18 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

No surveyors, no land transfer

January 16, 2009: Delays in transfer of thram in the Wangduephodrang, Dagana and Tsirang are hampering both government development activities at the local level and private land development. Though the revised Land Act 2007 mandates to complete such transfer within 365 days, cases are pending for years leading to halt in development activities. In Tsirang, […]

Published on Jan 16 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Govt employees happy with new NPPF scheme

January 16, 2009: The government employees are happy with the plan unveiled by National Pension and Provident Fund to calculate their pension on 40 percent average of the last 24 months’ basic salary and not on an employee’s last salary. According to old scheme, the retired official was entitled to pension on 60 percent on […]

Published on Jan 16 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Food price hike in India to affect Bhutan consumers

January 16, 2009: The record price hike of the daily consuming goods in India is likely to affect the Bhutanese consumers badly. Essential food products like rice, pulses and sugar are mostly imported from India where prices have gone up sharply in the last few months. Food prices in India were recorded at 18.22 per […]

Published on Jan 16 2010 // Human Rights Monitor

Family suspected poisoned

January 16, 2009: Suspected aconite (tsendu) poisoning of food hospitalized the family of officer in command of Lhuentse police, Major Tashi Tobgay, on January 8. At 10 that morning, Kunzang Lhamo, the OC’s mother, was rushed to the dzongkhag hospital after she complained of stomach disorder, vomiting and weakness. According to the OC’s wife, Dawa […]

Published on Jan 16 2010 // Human Rights Monitor