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Resettlement has violated refugees’ right to return, claims Pyakurel

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Resettlement has violated refugees’ right to return, claims Pyakurel
Sushil Pyakurel

Former Commissioner of National Human Rights Commission Nepal and noted human rights defender from Kathmandu, Sushil Pyakurel, claimed that the ongoing third country resettlement program has violated refugees’ right to return home with dignity and honor.

Sushil Pyakurel

Talking to local reporters at Damak of Jhapa, activist Pyakurel even accused the United Nations Organization (UNO) of taking Bhutan’s side in allowing the resettlement program move ahead uninterrupted.

He said, UNO should have put pressure on its member state Bhutan and ask to accept exiled Bhutanese back home.

Pyakurel also urged the Nepal government to listen at demands of those refugees who wish to return to their home from the refugee camp itself.

“Dignified return is durable solution to two-decade long refugee imbroglio,” Pyakurel expressed, adding, “The ongoing resettlement has brought separations of family members. And, that is a very sad and sentimental part.”

23 COMMENTS

  1. It is not good to talk on the issue when resettlement program is almost completed. When Sushil Pyakurel was the Commissioner of National Human Rights Commission Nepal, I don’t think he had helped to raise our issue strongly. Now, nobody is going to hear his voice because he is the “FORMER….” He should have raised the voice when he was in good position. Everybody wants to clean his/her hands by showing sympathy when the problem is almost resolved or completed.

  2. Mr Pyakurel , too late, “hagi sako ; dailo dekhyo! ” U r just making it a subject to talk only b/c where were u untill now by which 70 thousand refugees have gone, where were u for all these 20 yrs, or if not atleast last 5 yrs since resettlement matter began, y didnt u say this strongly to UN!, U r also the Nepal ko “mula of same garden” ok!
    Bhanay Adhikari

  3. Uch…. Pakyrel is mad. He is too late to dig a confusion among innocent refugees. Many of us are resettled and hopefully most of us are having fresh good beginning of our lives. Say what you like and convince your own failure government. We don’t want to hear much from you. please talk about your own people and ask your government to stop human rights violations in your own country. Ok i agree with you that the resettlement has violated refugees return back to Bhutan. Now, what is the next step? You are saying that Nepal government has to listen the voice of refugees who want to return back to Bhutan. I am wondering till now, government has no time to listen and think of refugees. What have you done for two decades?

  4. Susil ji Namaskar,
    People r regretting that u did not help when u were in position. However, it is not too late even now. I believe that about 15 thousand should go back to Bhutan. Let’s start a serious and organised campaign – if you mean ur words.

    We are thinking of reorganising – and I have some thoughts about how to go about …I mean a strategy.

    Lets get moving, come on!

  5. Stop such nonsense! What is UNO and who should have taken the lead to lobby for repatriation? It is the refugee host i.e. Nepali government but the corrupt and incompetent leaders like Sher Bahadur Deopa, late GP Koirala, Chakre Bastola, MK Nepal etc never showed guts and true intention to see refugees going home. They are the ones responsible for failure to repatriate refugees. It is too late and makes no sense now when refugees are opting for third country resettlement.

  6. SUSIL JEE It is usless to give sppech on refugees now. We urge IMO, UNHCR to continue the process for the interested and willing refugees to go for resettlement. Those who donot like to go for the third country resettlement they need to be cared and respect their choice. We are sure family unification from camp to resettled country must be respected by IMOand UNHCR.

  7. where were u before? What do u want from these people now? U aimed to lead them now? on what pretext? They are happy in other countries. Dont try to create differences . Ur allegations absolutely nonsense. Did ur government help them when they were in pain? U people r after looting bhutanese. Dont make noise now. No one ll listen to u. U politician can be bought very easily.

  8. When we were in Nepal for almost 18 years,what did he do for refugees right to return home with dignity???now around 70 thousand Bhutanese are resettled in third countries and he says ‘violated refugees right to return home’ he wants Bhutanese refugee should stay in Nepal forever as a refugee.sorry man we suffered a lot we don’t want our coming generation suffer like we did.

  9. Sushil Pyakurel is a great figure in the field of Human Rights not only in Nepal but also in whole South Asia. He also led SAFHR (South Asian Forum for Human Rights) for some years which was a body to work for the human situation in SAARC region. He was one of the key persons who supported the Bhutanese movement during the decades of 90s.
    So friends, do not put all your scold to someone whom you may not know well. First dig out the facts if the person is related to any areas. Let him not have hatred towards Bhutanese. At least he is speaking on our behalf sometime.

  10. We have the legacy of making a mountain out of the molehill. Mr. Pyakurel may not have spoken a single word on refugees behalf when he was holding prestigious position. But is he wrong to say repatriation of refugees would be the best solution? He is speaking from Human Rights activist stand point and yes refugees right of dignified return to their home is violated by resettlement. Has he mentioned anywhere that refugees shouldn’t go to western world for the pursuit of better life? Going back to Bhutan and reinvent secured life in democratic atmosphere is the battle we fought for 20 years. We won the war not the battle. The war we won is we got chance to head start new life in a very prosperous nations because of the generosity of the people of this beautiful countries blessed by god. I’m not the stern advocate of repatriation because I was among the first few refugees from Bhutan to resettle in USA. I believe that all of our people who are stranded in refugee camp under very poor circumstances should make no mistake by not resettling. They should come join us and make our community vibrant. In the mean time we shouldn’t forget where our placenta was buried. There is where we began from. I’m not Pyakurel’s fan nor do I ever follow his ideology but can always speak out loud for what is rightly said. From human rights perspective he is TRUE. When UN outlined the comprehensive solution of refugee problem, they clearly mentioned TCR humanitarian. If they were not mindful why would they consider dignified return to their original homeland as a foremost priority? From human rights perspective it is the gross violation of HR to resettle refugees in third world when they have their own place to call home.
    Let us learn to speak logistically. Let us watch for words as we all know wounds made from them are hardest to heal. We would end up in the slumps of India not in the suburbs of Seattle if Nepalese were not generous to host us in their land at our difficult times of early 90’s. The despotic regime would follow to the end of the world to wipe off our identity had we not been given refuge in the eastern foothills of very beautiful Nepal.

  11. definite .mr pakurayal is tooo late ……………. in nepali their is a saying ,,,, hagii sakayooo dailoo dekhooooo……or ………… after death comes the doctor stop taking about the bhutaneserefugeee

  12. Most of the comments against Mr. Pyakurel are either from the dumb fellows lacking the sense of evaluation (that curse their benefactors which by natural laws rolls back on themselves) or are made by others posing as affected Bhutanese to destroy the trust between Bhutanese victims (not victimized by Nepal but at their own homes…) and Pyakurel vis-a-vis Nepal. But that is just strategy game of the enemy intending to create enmity and division. That is bound to fail on realization and acceptance of facts by concerned parties involved.
    No sensible Bhutanese will ever express ingratitude for hosting them these long two decades and now availing them the opportunity of building lives in developed world ascertaining unfavorable conditions if repatriated by forceful means just between Nepal and Bhutan. That would be sending them back under worse condition, to slavery.
    His message seems to be clear: that solution to the refugee problem by resettlement to third countries is only temporary. It means they can continue to apply pressure for amicable environment at home with genuine democracy. In this sense, I think Sushil Nirola and Deepak have observed the situation closely justifying the facts.

  13. Dear Jigme,
    I don’t think majority of people who’re resettled can talk and pressurize the Bhutanese government from the third country. It would have done better from the host country (Nepal). People started forgetting and will forget about Bhutan. To be frank, “we lost the battle; Bhutan WON”. We are in the world of hand to mouth; no time to talk or gather for the greater cause for the overall Bhutanese Nepali. One day we’ll become just like African- American!! Shouting from the resettlement country won’t allow a single exile Bhutanese to be returned. People and countries show only sympathy for us. For resettled people, if they truly think about their prosperous future, then it is right time to struggle to adjust in resettlement countries. We lost the battle my dear friend!!!!!!!!

  14. “Dignified return is durable solution to two-decade long refugee imbroglio,” Pyakurel expressed, adding, “The ongoing resettlement has brought separations of family members. And, that is a very sad and sentimental part.”

    Bed and Namgyel
    Even if the above can be done now, we defeat those that chose to resettle in third countries in one generation by breeding ten times more and catch up to that original number. Rest of the country fellows remain insulated by their condoms remaining selfish even against their own offspring when it comes to sharing comfort of material resources. A little less comfortable life enjoys the company of fellow human and will not see danger in the breeding process to gather more hands for gathering the resources. In another half century, our Bhutanese identity can be re-established…

    We need not win by people that gave up the fight for their own rights! We need to win “by our own rights”. Peace.

  15. “Dignified return is durable solution to two-decade long refugee imbroglio,” Pyakurel expressed, adding, “The ongoing resettlement has brought separations of family members. And, that is a very sad and sentimental part.”
    Bed and Namgyel
    Even if the above can be done now, we defeat those that chose to resettle in third countries in one generation by breeding ten times more and catch up to that original number. Rest of the country fellows remain insulated by their condoms remaining selfish even against their own offspring when it comes to sharing comfort of material resources. A little less comfortable life enjoys the company of fellow human and will not see danger in the breeding process to produce more hands for gathering the resources. In another half century, our Bhutanese identity can be re-established…
    We need not win by people that gave up the fight for their own rights! We need to win “by our own rights”. Peace.