The Indo-Bhutan Friendship Society (IBFS) has urged the king of Bhutan to allow Rongthong Kunley Dorji and his party members who are presently in exile, to participate in the democratic process of Bhutan so that they can contribute towards the building of a healthy democratic order in Bhutan.
“They must be allowed to participate in the democratic process of Bhutan so that they can contribute towards the building of a healthy democratic order in Bhutan. We believe that the Government of India will also most certainly facilitate and assist the reconciliation process,” reads the statement.
The IBFS has also extended their gratitude to the government for withdrawing the unfortunate extradition case against the democratic leader and the President of the Druk National Congress, Dorji, on April 21, 2010. Click here to read the full content of the appeal.
In a separate appeal, the IBFS has drawn the attention of Indian foreign minister to the need for restraining their police officials in the context of right to justice for the citizens of Bhutan.
“It is noted that our police officials are helping the Bhutanese security officials in re-arresting such Bhutanese citizens who are released on bail by the Indian courts and whisking them illegally to Bhutan. It is more frequent in the states of West Bengal and Assam,” reads the appeal, adding- “We request you to kindly ensure that the people to people bond between us and our trusted neighbor Bhutan is not damaged due to such uncalled for engagements of our police officials regarding Bhutanese nationals.” Click here to read the full content of the appeal.
Meanwhile, in an appeal sent to the Indian Home Minister, the IBFS has asked the government to review policy towards people and Government of Bhutan. Stating that a lot of harm was caused in last fifteen years due to our indifference towards Bhutanese refugee’s quest for democracy, the IBFS said that the time has come to proactive policies and program in the sphere of culture, education, health, economy and environment. Click here to read the full content of the appeal.