PM Thinely even said that all laws are not perfect, saying such laws can be amended anytime soon. However, he must be accountable for sending Tshering to jail, that also for three years, by introducing such draconian tobacco law in the country. People inside the country have been criticizing the government and lawmakers for endorsing the law. Communities outside Bhutan have raised their similar concern on Tshering's case. Thus, immediate amendment of the tobacco law is the demand of all Bhutanese citizens. What they want now is the rational judgment on Sonam Tshering, keeping him off the iron bars to allow him to enjoy as a proud citizen of the country [...]
As per an open request posted in his blog by Opposition Leader Tshering Tobgay on February 14, a person called Kinley Shering has started "amend the tobacco control act" in one of the most powerful media, the facebook. As of Sunday, the group has 244 members, including the OL and executive director [...]
BY JIGMI Y THINLEY: The Tobacco Control Act and the sentencing of former monk, Sonam Tshering, have been blown out of proportion. I sympathize with the sentiments of the people who are affected by the severity of the sentence and believe that it is important to provide a clear perspective on the issue.
What has been overlooked by the media and some sections of the Bhutanese population is that the Tobacco Control Act, introduced in the National Council (NC) by the Ministry of Health, debated in both the NC and the National Assembly (NA) was enacted by parliament with all members of the NC having voted in [...]