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On Saturday, Bhutan‘s Prime Minister, Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley, said that thousands of Bhutanese refugees would have to prove they are bona fide citizens before they are allowed to return.

Nine years ago, 108,000 Bhutanese people of Nepali descent fled after the Druk government stripped them of their citizenship and forcefully evicted them in a move of ethnic cleansing.

In the meantime, the Bhutanese refugees are living in squalid camps in India, Nepal, and elsewhere. The current Bhutanese government maintains that it wants to respect the rights of those who want to return, but over 44,000 refugees have already left for third country settlement in a program spearheaded by the United States.

Via Impunity Watch.

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