Bhutan practises democratic suppression: Balaram

Published on Dec 17 2008 // Main News

Kathmandu, December 17:  The president of National Front for Democracy (NFD) Bhutan, Balaram Poudel today said, "Bhutan, which was suppressing the citizens, is now practising democratic repression."

Poudel said this while addressing an interaction program organised by NFD Bhutan on the occasion of National Day of Bhutan, here at Reporters' Club Nepal.

Its spokesperson Narad Adhikari said that there is no use of celebrating this day when more than one-hundred thousand Bhutanese citizens are languishing in Nepal and India.

"International community must respect out right to return," added he, "We want to mark December 17 as a black day."

Dhan Kumar Rai, who was released from 17-year of jailbird life on Nov 1, also made his first public appearance and addressing the gathering.

Poudel, who did not disclose the future programs for repatriation, highlighted the need to form a permanent task force to handle the long-standing imbroglio.

Raju Thapa of Human Rights Without Frontiers mentioned that repatriation is the best option for having a durable solution of the problem.

Reports from Jhapa said that similar programs were organized in various camps today to mark the day. Bhutan News Service