UNHCR Nepal and Nepal government jointly decided to renew the refugee identity cards with effect from 17 September.
Field Director of UNHCR Sub-Office Damak Sajal Gupta, speaking in the meeting. Photo: Tilak Niroula
Addressing the meeting in Beldangi, today, Sajal Gupta, a field director of UNHCR Sub-office Damak informed that 27,000 cards will be renewed this time. Further he added, in each day five hundreds people will get the cards which is extremely different this time.
“We have fixed to begin verification from 17 September from Sanischare, Beldangi-I, Beldangi-II and Extension and will complete within the end of this year, and the cards that we are going to distribute this year is in digital way and while snapping the photos individual’s finger-prints will be recorded.” Gupta said.
Meanwhile, Chief District Officer (CDO) of Jhapa who is also being working as a co-ordinator of refugee affairs, Narendra Raj Sharma explained about the importance of the cards and requested the entire refugees to help Nepal government sometime during verification process. Continue reading
Punya Foundation (PF)’s camp level selection committee completed the selection interview today in Beldangi.
According to Tilak Niroula, the chief of the selection committee, there are ten applicants for scholarship among which only four will grab the opportunity.
On the selection program, represenatatives from CMC, Media and other organizations attended.
PF annually grant scholarship for ten-passed vulnerable students from camp and Nepal. Continue reading
A Bhutanese refugee student of Tri-Ratna Secondary School (TRSS) released a book tittled “Mera Lekhharu”
amidst a gathering in TRSS.
Being a physically disable, Bikram Sampang, 15 years is an interested refugee boy in literature. He have included Nepali Poems, Gazals, English Poems, stories, and articles related to Bhutanese refugees’s status and about his own diability.
Speaking at program, Sampang said that he is inspired by his parents and had begged financial assistance from them. He has published 501 copies and hope to promote further in internet too. Continue reading
Fifth Edition of The Refugee Herald is published.
Editorial Team said that the demand of newspaper is really increasing in camps and this shows that they shouldn’t be away from RIGHT TO INFORMATION.
Portable Document Format (PDF) of fifth edition will be publicize globally on internet within few days.
The Bhutanese refugees of Jhapa and Morang celebrated the World Refugee Day (WRD) by organising various programmes in their respective camps, Monday.
According to Kumar Poudyel(one refugee from Beldangi), hundreds of refugees from camp and representatives of various aid-agencies took part in the rally and formal programmes this afternoon.
This Marked for the first time in 2000, the WRD is celebrated each year on June 20 in a bid to remember millions of refugees of the world.
Many exiled Bhutanese, who are soon leaving the camps for resettlement, said they celebrated the event as a last refugee day. However, the participation in the event was less as compared with past years, according to the one elder refugee Tika Maya Adhikari.
Speaking at the function, various officials praised the refugee mass for celebrating the WRD.
On June 20 every year, WRD celebration was initiated from 2000. It is celebrated with a view to remembering millions of refugees in the world. Continue reading
Fourth Edition of The Refugee Herald (TRH) is online now.
As per the TRH team, team is highly regretted for inconvenience for readers as it is lately published due to lack of access in resources.
You can click here to download or view Portable Document Format (PDF) of TRH online or in your free time THE REFUGEE HERALD. Continue reading
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:
+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
Fourth Issue of The Refugee Herald(TRH) published last Wednesday.
As per the Editorial Team of TRH, they are regretted to publish fourth issue after dateline but also they achieve more demands of paper this month.
The Adobe Portable Document Format(PDF) of the newspaper will be out in internet only after few days, informed source. 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