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Well, its been more than a half of decade that Bhutanese refugees are been resettling in many third countries including the USA.

 

Bhutanese refugee youths who have been struggling to create dignity of Bhutanese infront of world through Guinness World Records (GWR) for World’s Longest Handshaking record are waiting formal guidelines from GWR.

Two youths named Nila Hari Upreti and Dikman Gurung, who had previously exposed 36 Hours 47 Minutes long handshaking program in Khudunabari are welcomed by Guinness and waiting for formal guidelines.

After getting formal guidelines in few days from Guinness, we will expose 50 hrs. long program, said Upreti.

There are talent Bhutanese in camp, but they are stalled in absence of adequate financial and promotional emotion from surrounding environment. If those youths are emotionally and financially supported by Bhutanese and other globally, then they could expose more than expected.

In past, some Camp Based Organisations, Media Organisations, volunteer groups, charity had supported handshaking program.

You can contact them at any time to learn more or to support emotionally and financially on:
hai_nila@yahoo.com
+977-981-593-0218 Continue reading

The U.S. Department of State stated that Bhutan has not been allowing all political and apolitical organizations to get registered.

Releasing a 17-page long Human Rights Report 2011, the US said though the constitution provides for freedom of association, and the government permitted the registration of some political parties and organizations, but that was only for those which are regarded “not harmful to the peace and unity of the country.”

“The government regarded political parties organized by Nepali-speaking refugees in refugee camps in Nepal as illegal, terrorist, and anti-national in nature,” said the report, released on May 24.

According to the Department, the ICRC was the only international human rights monitoring group officially operating in the country.

“There were reports that most of the NGOs in Bhutan operated under the umbrella of the royal family. The 2007 Civil Society Organization Act requires all new NGOs to register with the government,” added the report.

The report also highlighted that the law does not address forced exile, but the government forced approximately 90,000 Nepali-speaking persons to leave the country in the early 1990s, following a series of steps taken during the 1970s and 1980s to deprive the Nepali-speaking population of its citizenship. Continue reading

Tara Lal Shrestha (Ph.D)

A lecturer at the Tribhuwan University has expressed that resettled Bhutanese would never forget their identity and nationality despite news challenges faces them in resettlement countries.

In a special interview with Bhutan News Service, Tara Lal Shrestha (Ph.D) said that even genes of resettled Bhutanese have retained their nationality, and feeling of being Bhutanese citizens.

Shrestha’s Sapanako Samadi, a research-based novel on the Bhutanese refugee issue, has recently appeared in the Nepalese book market.
According to Shrestha, resettling Bhutanese are not opting to lead new lives in western countries at their own will. “It is their compulsion since no doors for repatriation have been opened as of now,” he said.

He further said, “I am sure the Bhutanese identity will never die.” Continue reading

The government of Canada said it will accept more Bhutanese refugees for relocation through the ongoing third country resettlement program generating hopes of new lives, at least, for those waiting for family reunion. However, it has not yet disclosed actual number of refugees to be accepted.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) announced the decision to exiled Bhutanese of Jhapa and Morang district last week.

Canada, which has already received 5,000 individuals and was undecided for months regarding this, is learnt to be sending its resettlement team for interviewing refugees within October this year.

Meanwhile, the UNHCR said that 62,673 exiled Bhutanese have already been resettled in various eight western countries as of April 15. Continue reading

By Minjur Dorji

The France-based international non-governmental organization, Reporters Without Borders (RWB) which conducts an annual ranking comparing each nation’s state of press freedom, has placed Bhutan at 70th, six places down in the rung from last year’s 64th.

This has caused a certain amount of surprise in relevant authorities.

Information and Communication (MOIC) Secretary, Dasho Kinley Dorji said, “We don’t know how the ranking and analysis is done, so we don’t know anything; as far as we are concerned, in the last few years things have not changed.” He added that it is difficult to say whether the report is credible or not. Continue reading

A special squad of Nepali Police from Damak today intervened into hunger striker women and “forcefully” lifted three of them up into AMDA ambulance following their denial to admit in the hospital.

Those hospitalized by the police including team Coordinator Durga Devi Bista, Ira Maya Khatri and Tulasha Dhakal, Armed Police Force (APF) Inspector Bijendra Rimal confirmed.

“We were compelled to hospitalize them forcefully considering their deteriorating heath conditions,” Inspector Rimal said. “We requested them to get hospitalized but they refused, compelling us to book them into an ambulance forcefully.”

However, exiled Bhutanese and agitating women have accused police and APF personnel of forcefully intervening into the situation to bring the ongoing protest to an end. Continue reading

Following mounting pressures from various sectors including the agitating women, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) has formed a committee to resume stalled verification process to determine refugee status.

The letter dispatched to Chief District Officer of Jhapa on Friday said that the Ministry nominated Deputy Secretary Shambhu Prasad Ghimire to address the issue of exiled Bhutanese whose status has not been determined yet. However, the letter has not specified any timeframe for the committee to resume the verification.

“The ministry has finally responded to the call of women in hunger strike,” an official at District Administration Office of Jhapa told Bhutan News Service. “We’ll immediately begin the verification process since the Deputy Secretary Ghimire will be arriving in Jhapa in a couple of days.”

A delegation from the DAO and UNHCR Damak, which had reached the venue at 10:30 p.m. yesterday, received such a response from the women, informed camp-based Armed Police Force Inspector Bijendra Rimal.

Meanwhile, the agitating women on Friday night refused to call of the hunger strike stating the Ministry’s letter failed to address their demands in a proper way and also lacked the timeframe.

As the fasting-to-death enters into the fifth day, two strikers have been hospitalized as their blood-sugar level marked a significant fall down. Continue reading

The fire mishap at Subedi's apartment Photo:BNS

Nine families from Bhutan were displaced when a fire broke out in their apartment complex at around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday according to the media agency BNS.

Four fire extinguisher trucks were arrived in the scene.

According to the residents, the fire was broke out due to the short circuit on outside component of heating-cooling system Continue reading

By: HK Dahal

Since there is no any written international law to prohibit refugees to get access of electricity, but also Bhutanese refugees in Beldangi are totally prohibited to get access of such infrastructure of development.

As exiled Bhutanese students are studying in school that for appropriate development there should be the adequate Education, health, transportation, communication and electricity facilities. Slightly our exiled Bhutanese people are getting access of education, health, communication, transportation but mainly electricity is totally prohibited here in camp. No Bhutanese knows what is the main reason behind that.

Before some months, hardly exiled Bhutanese connected electricity from host community but within few months Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA) of Damak disconnected and seized all the connecting cables and meter box forcefully.
As exiled Bhutanese were not using it in free, they used to pay Rs.20 per Unit as local consumers only pay Rs.9 per Unit. Last time local consumers had collected Rs.5000 from each exiled Bhutanese consumers, which they haven’t returned till now.

Mainly the lack of electricity, exiled Bhutanese students are forced to study in dark at night in absence of proper light as there is no any other light facilities. Continue reading

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