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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.



Teez Celebration in Beldangi


Bhutanese Refugee Women Forum (BRWF) celebrate Teej special programme amidest various activities in Beldangi today.

Bhutanese women dancing.

Meanwhile. Youth Friendly Center (YFC) Beldangi also celebrate Teej with various programmes. Around thousands of youth from the camp participated in the programme, informed YFC Co-ordinater Damber Kumari Rai.

Originally, Teej was a three day festival that falls on the end of August or early September. The first day is called ‘Dar Khane Din’, the second is a ‘fasting day’ and the third day is called ‘Rishi Panchami’ in Nepal which is a day to perform the Teej Puja.

Married women fast for the whole day on this very day for the prosperity of their husband whereas unmarried women fast to be blessed with a caring and a loving husband. 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

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

Nepal police have severely tortured a refugee youth who is apprehended for his alleged involvement in obtaining Nepali citizenship and Machine Readable Passport (MRP) illegally, revealed his family sources and the Center for Victims of Torture (CVICT).

The family sources of one “J. Subba, in his 20s,” disclosed on Saturday that security personnel tried various forms of physical techniques to torture him in police custody. Citing the nature and sensitivity of the news, BNS can neither mention the full name of Subba nor can it publish his image.

According to a petition circulated by the Punya Foundation, Subba was inflicted with severe forms of tortures, including the technique of hooding. Following an alert, a team including legal expert from the CVICT visited Subba in police custody last week, it is learnt.

“CVICT lawyer reports Subba as saying that police in civil dresses slapped him on his face 10-12 times. Further, Subba was randomly beaten with a baton and kicked. He is subjected to falanga-torture, as a consequence of which, he has difficulty to walk,” stated the petition. 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

Thunder kill one Bhutanese

Natural thunder killed one 45 years old Bhutanese refugee today at 12:30 am.
Inspector Bijendra Rimal informed Media that the dead refugee named Gopi karki is resident of Beldangi-II Extension,A/1, 65.

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The recent suicide of a nursing student in Southern Tasmania has triggered emotions of varied natures amongst resettling lovebirds. The first lesson for all teenagers and adult lovebirds is to be serious in relationship and get resettled in the same country. Reportedly “betrayed” by her boyfriend, who is now in US, 22-year-old Hari Thapa killed herself by hanging in her own room, bringing a most tragic moment in her family. The last video post in her Facebook profile page clearly indicates that there was something wrong between the lovebirds for quite a longtime – may be an issue of marriage.

While attending several interviews at the UNHCR and IOM, resettling refugees have been asked to furnish their all sorts of details including the marital status or relationship with a partner, if any. In a society like ours, girls hesitate to open themselves up. This is why Hari was resettled in Australia without knowing that the guy she loved more than herself was moving with a heavy heart to the United States!

However, the ill-fate could have been avoided had there been enough seriousness towards their relationship from the beginning and by making parents of both the families informed about their longtime affair.

In a true relationship, no word like ‘betray’ exists. Every situation should be beneficial for both the partners. And, no parents will appear as barriers in between when a teenager is very much serious and cautious while adopting someone of the opposite sex as a lifetime partner. Instead, they’ll encourage. If your lifelong partner is resettling in a different country, hurry up to sit with your parents and inform about your relationship. Probably, no officials at UNHCR or IOM will stand against your decision if you do not fall within the legal age bar.

(This is an Editorial column adopted from the Bhutanese refugee based newspaper “The Refugee Herald” Third Edition.) Continue reading

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