IRS helps see refugee jailbird in Bt

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Oct 14: International Red cross Society (IRS) has stated that it has helped the relatives of 40 refugees to visit their relatives in the Bhutanese jails in a period of nine months.

“There isn’t any branch of IRS in Bhutan. Hence, the IRS branches in Kathmandu and New Delhi have been assisting the Bhutanese in exile to send and receive news from the Bhutanese prisons,” said Lalit Khatiwada, the program officer of the IRS’s Bhutanese refugee assistance program.

However, Bhutan has granted permission to the IRS to visit only the central jail-Chemgang located in Thimphu, the capital city of Bhutan. Besides Chemgang, there are other 18 jails in Bhutan.