Rights group educates Nepalese delegates

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Participants during the program. Photo/BNS
Participants during the program. Photo/BNS

Kathmandu, October 3: Human Rights Without Frontiers (HRWF) Nepal today organized a briefing program to update human rights situation inside Bhutan to the Nepalese delegates scheduled to attend the conference on Deepening and Sustaining Democracy in Asia to be held in Paro, Bhutan from October 11.

HRWF coordinator, Raju Thapa, presented the Bhutanese human rights scenario to Pradip Gyawali, politburo member of Communist Party of Nepal and Subodh Raj Pyakurel, chairperson, Informal Sector Service Center.

“The duo along with Dr. Narayan Khadka of Nepalese Congress is flying to Bhutan on October 11,” said Thapa adding, “We have updated some key issues to them so that they can raise them during the conference.”

Exiled leader Tek Nath Rizal also requested the Nepalese delegates to seriously study the ‘democratic drama’ played by the regime.

“Bhutan is duping people like you in the name of democracy,” Rizal cautioned Pyakurel, who is a noted human rights defender in Nepal.

While, Pyakurel assured that he would seriously question the Bhutanese atrocities during the program session.
We are not only going to educate the Bhutanese citizens on democracy and human rights, but we would take this opportunity to raise the Bhutanese issue, said Pyakurel.

Chairperson of National Front for Democracy (NFD) Bhutan, Balaram Paudel, told Bhutan News Service that Nepal has formally supported frail democracy in Bhutan by sending the Nepalese delegates.

Meanwhile, Vice-Chairman of NFD Bhutan, Thinely Penjore commented that Bhutan is organizing such programs to legalize so-called democratic practices.

Prime Minister Jigmi Y Thinley is inaugurating the four-day program funded by the United Nations Development Programme on October 11.

Noted human rights educationists cum advocators from George Washington University Tshinhua University, Harvard School of Law, Asia Studies Development Program and University of Westminster are the key speakers for the program.