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Dr. Kamal Gautam’s journey into medicine

I was born in Maneydara, a small village in Samtse district in southwestern Bhutan. Throughout my school education, I always maintained highest level of...

We are all neighbors: Photographer documents history of new Ohioans

When immigrants flocked to the United States over a hundred years ago, their first point of entry was Ellis Island in New York. That history...

No Longer Confined

I was born in Sanischare Refugee Camp in 1998. My parent’s families arrived in Nepal in 1992, though my dad left in 1990 and...

Momos as cultural ambassador: Subedi’s food truck about to roll

Not very long ago, the average meal in Charlotte, North Carolina was likely to center around fare traditional to the southern region of the...

Rights activist whereabouts remains mystery

The Royal Bhutan Army reportedly arrested an exile-based human rights activist who went missing mysteriously on October 16 from West Bengal, India. According to SB...

Recurring Reassurances

Prime Minister Thinley’s fluctuating remarks, from labelling all refugees as ‘illegal immigrants’ to his recent statement that some are indeed genuine Bhutanese, also reflect a nebulous approach. In 1992, at an international conference on Bhutan in London, Thinley, then home secretary, presented a paper in which he defended his government’s position against southern Bhutanese, labelling them as illegal immigrants. During the recent visit, Thinley’s delegation in Kathmandu was accompanied by Khandu Wangchuck, minister for economic and foreign affairs, who in 2006 called the refugees ‘readymade terrorists’. Such backgrounding certainly makes one wonder whether, instead of waiting for another round of talks to materialise, refugees should ponder third-country resettlement, launched by the UN’s refugee agency in 2007 [...]

Government of Bhutan created refugees

BY DR. BHAMPA RAI: Instead of hearing to their appeal, the Royal government chose to militarize the region launching brutal method of crackdown, following intimidation, arbitrary arrest, torture and killing in makeshift detention cells.  Schools were converted into interrogation centers, while women were raped, houses were zeroed to ashes and valuable documents confiscated alongside the militarization of villages and towns. In such dreaded state of affairs, those affected Bhutanese people had to flee the country for their lives.  Their relatives and others, who decided to remain behind too were coerced into signing voluntary migration forms at the gun point and finally evicted from their homeland.

Resettlement of Refugees from Bhutan Passes 20,000 Mark

Sept 07: The UN refugee agency and the International Organization for Migration on Tuesday announced that over 20,000 refugees from Bhutan have left camps...
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