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Upper Chamber of Parliament Should Remove Stigmatizing Provision

A bill that would repeal parts of Bhutan’s penal code that criminalize same-sex conduct will be introduced in the upper house of Parliament this month. The lower house of Parliament voted in June 2019 to repeal two sections of the country’s 2004 criminal…
Tashi Tsheten, an LGBTQ activist from Bhutan.
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Bhutan should at least allow elderly refugees to spend their remaining days in their homeland.

WASHINGTON - "The army took all the people from their houses," the young man said. "As we left Bhutan, we were forced to sign the document. They snapped our photos. The man told me to smile, to show my teeth. He wanted to show that I was leaving my…
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Ganga Baral is among the first of thousands of Bhutanese refugees who will be arriving in the United States during the next several years. She and her family arrived this Spring in Phoenix from a refugee camp in the farthest eastern reaches of Nepal, a…
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Bhutan’s image as an otherworldly and harmonious kingdom was rocked on 20 January by coordinated bomb blasts in the capital, Thimpu, and three other locations. The bombs caused minimal damage but generated political shockwaves at a time when the Himalayan…
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Submission from Human Rights Watch to the Committee on the Rights of the Child

September 2007 Human Rights Watch wishes to bring to the Committee's attention information regarding the following violations of the Convention on the Rights of the Child by the Bhutanese government: deprivation of nationality and identity for ethnic…
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The study of history provides rich lessons about the damaging effects of oppression and injustice, particularly egregious human-rights violations. One of the most important is that if legitimate claimants are brutally repressed into silence and…
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Bhutan may profit from evocative tourist images of an isolated cloud kingdom whose people live in serenity and colorful traditional dress, but for many Bhutanese it's far from idyllic. It's a place where citizens can't get a government job, buy or sell…
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Nepali Police Need to Protect Refugees’ Freedom of Expression

(Washington, DC) - Violent clashes this week resulting in two deaths in Nepal’s Bhutanese refugee camps underscore the need for the Nepali police to protect refugees from mob violence and ensure their right to peaceful expression, Human Rights Watch said…
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The effects of ethnic cleansing aren’t confined to places like Darfur and Kosovo. Today, over 100,000 of Bhutan’s ethnic Nepali citizens languish in refugee camps here, stripped of their citizenship and stateless. It’s a decade-long tragedy that’s only…
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Refugees Have Right of Return, but Should Be Free to Choose Other Options

(Kathmandu) - A US offer to resettle 60,000 Bhutanese refugees has given hope to many of the 106,000 refugees living in Nepal for more than 16 years, but has also heightened tensions in the camps, Human Rights Watch said in a report released today.…
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Last Hope The
 Need for Durable Solutions for Bhutanese Refugees in Nepal
 and India I.
 Executive Summary II. Recommendations III. Background IV. Life in the Refugee Camps in Nepal Cuts in
 Essential Services Sexual and
 Gender-…
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Dear SAARC Government Leaders: As the leaders of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) meet in New Delhi on April 3 and 4, 2007, the discussions will inevitably focus upon economics and regional security. At SAARC meetings, human…
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Testimony of Bill Frelick to a Joint Briefing for the Congressional Children's Caucus and the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the Status of Stateless Children

Mr. Chairman and Madame Chairwoman: Thank you very much for inviting me to testify. This is my second appearance before the Congressional Human Rights Caucus on the subject of statelessness—I had the honor of addressing this issue on the briefing held…
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Visits by Council Experts Remain Blocked

(Geneva) – UN member states must take immediate steps to improve cooperation with the Human Rights Council, particularly with the independent experts it has appointed to look at human rights issues, Human Rights Watch said today. More than 80 states have…
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Joint NGO Letter to the Delegates of the Bhutan Donors Round Table Meeting

Dear Sir/Madam, Re: Bhutan: Round Table meeting on 15 February 2006 As a group of non-governmental organizations with a long-term involvement with the Bhutanese refugees – through advocacy on behalf of this community as well as in humanitarian service…