USA, September 14: Among the eight blacklisted refugees, at least three have decided to leave camps as soon as possible citing security reasons.
BNS correspondent in Beldangi camp in Jhapa Nepal informed that Subash Acharya, former camp secretary of Beldangi-II extension has already left camp and has strongly demanded for his security at the Refugee Coordination Unit (RCU), UNHCR and local authorities.
Our correspondent quoted Acharya as saying that Gopal Gurung and T. B. Thapa will also leave the camp soon.
Gurung and Acharya in separate appeals to RCU and UNHCR have urged the security for their family members in camps. D. R. Katel, one of the names in blacklist issued by Druk Leopard, who is now at the IOM transit centre in Kathmandu, will fly to USA within these few days under resettlement program.
A newly formed group calling itself as ‘Druk Leopard’ had issued warnings of physical attacks to at least eight refugees from various camps.
The group had warned those refugees to leave the camps soon along with their families or to face severe physical actions. Leopard has accused those people of leading the repatriation movement at the initial days and now becoming involved in pushing their relatives and family members to third countries.
Besides Thapa, Gurung, Katel and Acharya, the other blacklisted refugees includes Bhakta Ghimirey (former chief editor of Sandesh Saptahik), Pratap Subba (former camp secretary of Sanischare camp), Narad Muni Sanyashi (camp secretary of Beldangi-II) and I. B. Khadka.
“It is sad to learn that even journalists are threatened inside refugee camps,” reads the statement, which has asked the concerned group to respect the rights of journalists to work in a free and secured atmosphere.
TWMN- Bhutan Chapter has also urged the support of Federation of Nepali Journalists and International Federation of Journalists to help create conducive environment for exiled Bhutanese journalists to exercise their right to reporting.