DNC, BNDP call for dignified repatriation

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The Druk National Congress (DNC) and the Bhutan National Democratic Party (BNDP) have jointly called for repatriation of the Bhutanese refugees with honor and dignity, Saturday.

R-L: Hiranya Lal Shrestha, Tek Nath Rizal, Pema Tenzin and Dr DNS Dhakal during a press interaction program organized in Hotel Himalaya in Kathmandu (Picture: Karma Dupto, DNC)
R-L: Hiranya Lal Shrestha, Tek Nath Rizal, Pema Tenzin and Dr DNS Dhakal during a press interaction program organized in Hotel Himalaya in Kathmandu (Picture: Karma Dupto, DNC)

In a joint statement signed by DNC vice-president Pema Tenzin and BNDP acting president Dr DNS Dhakal, the leaders said their parties appraised the leader about the need to find speedily resolution of the refugee problem and take forward the bilateral relationship between Bhutan and Nepal to the highest level as commensurate to the people to people relationship that has had existed since time immemorial.

“DNC and BNDP also urged the political parties to urge the government of Nepal and international community, particularly the core countries led by the U.S. to re-engage with Bhutan in finding an amicable solution of the two and a half decade old refugee problem,” the statement said.

The statement also demanded integration of exile political parties and human rights organizations in the political process of Bhutan.

“We also demand that citizenship certificates to some 28,000 Lhotshampa and 10,000 individuals from other communities, who applications are awaiting the royal prerogatives be granted at the earliest,” asked Tenzin and Dhakal.

Meanwhile, they also wanted Bhutan to grant non-resident status to the resettled Bhutan and release all political prisoners unconditionally.

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