New book on Bhutan Human Rights
December 03, 2009: On the eve of the Bhutan government presenting its first human right report at the Human Rights Council in Geneva, a new book has been published exclusively incorporating major incidents and trends of human rights violations in Bhutan.
Written by I. P. Adhikari, preisdent of Association of Press Freedom Activists (APFA) Bhutan, Raju Thapa, Director of Human Rights Without Frontiers, Nepal, the book provides vivid glimpse of the gross human rights violations in a country where rulers talk about gross national happiness.
The book, entitled ‘Human Rights and Justice in Bhutan’, covers incidents beginning 1990s suppression to recent political changes and scenario thereafter. According the writers, failing to submit it as an alternative report to the UN human rights council due to delay in its preparation, it has been enlarged and published in the form of book.
The book report counters the claims made by RGOB in its report prepared for HRC. The book includes substantive details of human rights violations and state failure to adhere by its legal obligation to protect rights of its citizens.