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The tale of political discrimation

BY DHRUVA MISHRA: Political discrimination and ethnic victimization by the Bhutanese feudal system is not new. In fact, the rulers so cleverly formulate the laws and statutes that criticism of government policies is automatically prohibited. The rise of people’s voice has always given them fear and insecurity and put their ambitions at stake. From the arrest of Tek Nath Rizal in 1988, to the recent arrest and imprisonment of Prem Singh Gurung, a Christian activist; incidences of arrests and inhuman treatment to the minorities in Bhutan, on the basis of political or religious beliefs, has remained routine. Gurung was arrested for screening movies on Christianity and has been sentenced to three years’ in prison by a District Court; on charges of attempting to promote a civil unrest […]

Published on Mar 17 2011 // Opinion

Government of Bhutan created refugees

BY DR. BHAMPA RAI: Instead of hearing to their appeal, the Royal government chose to militarize the region launching brutal method of crackdown, following intimidation, arbitrary arrest, torture and killing in makeshift detention cells.  Schools were converted into interrogation centers, while women were raped, houses were zeroed to ashes and valuable documents confiscated alongside the militarization of villages and towns. In such dreaded state of affairs, those affected Bhutanese people had to flee the country for their lives.  Their relatives and others, who decided to remain behind too were coerced into signing voluntary migration forms at the gun point and finally evicted from their homeland.

Published on Oct 13 2010 // Opinion

TCR –A mixed bag of opportunities and miseries

After eighteen years of life in camps as a result of the failed bilateral talks between Nepal and Bhutan for repatriation, the process of Third Country Resettlement (TCR) got initiated for over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees. UNHCR deserves a big applause for its genuine effort for supporting so many refugees in Nepal and many more throughout […]

Published on Aug 29 2010 // Commentary

Reminding history to Bhutanese champion

The Prime Minister (PM) of Bhutan, Jigmi Y Thinley, labeled all the Bhutanese refugees as illegal immigrants during an exclusive interview with 101 East at Aljazeera on July 8, could be either he was then having no knowledge about the history of all immigrated people of Bhutan or intentionally lied to Aljazeera. Thinley explained that people in the camps in Nepal are the victims

Published on Aug 06 2010 // Commentary

Open letter to Jigme Y Thinley

Please acknowledge my tardy wishes, both congratulations and appreciations, for serving the country in the aptitude of the first elected prime minister of a “democratic” Bhutan. In many areas in the country, some positive changes, which are noticeable, have taken place. This is an appreciating initiative. Honestly, you should, however, admit that the phenomenon of modern democracy is yet to be ushered in true guts

Published on Apr 08 2010 // Opinion

Carter expresses inability, forwards it to Obama

March 31, 2010: In a response to petition submitted by a resettled Bhutanese, Parangkush Subedi, who is pursuing his Master’s in Public Health from Emory University, former US President Jimmy Carter said he was unable to intervene in the long-standing problem of Bhutanese in exile. Although, he recognizes the seriousness of the challenges faced by […]

Published on Mar 31 2010 // Main News

UK as well lends hands to take exiled Bhutanese

March 09, 2010: The enthusiasts for third country resettlement have yet another reason to cheer for now, thanks to United Kingdom that it has offered to settle some of the exiled Bhutanese from Nepal. The country will start the process for resettlement from next week, in Damak, where all other countries — United States, Canada, […]

Published on Mar 09 2010 // Main News

A village within a camp

This is not a wonder, as you feel when reading this, but the fact is a village has been created within the Bhutanese refugee camp in Nepal. And it is named as security village. Created on the lap of Armed Police Force base camp in Beldangi I, the security village turns to be a shelter […]

Published on Dec 06 2009 // Opinion

Photo essay: refugees from Bhutan

In Bhutan, a Himalayan country famed for its focus on Gross National Happiness, the Nepalese minority has been forced out. Anna Husarska traveled to their refugee camps to document their plight Born in Bhutan, a Himalayan country of less than a million inhabitants, this woman will probably never again see her homeland; this photo was […]

Published on Nov 20 2009 // News Analysis

One abducted in Beldangi

November 15, 2009: The continuation of violence that triggered the camps since resettlement process began seems not ending in the immediate future. The major cause of violence has been the differences among those supporting resettlements and those opposing it. In the latest incident, unidentified people kidnapped a young woman from Beldangi II camp on Saturday […]

Published on Nov 15 2009 // Main News