Monday, February 27, 2006

Bhutanese refugees call for UN intervention

Source:, September 09, 2005
Bhutanese refugees have renewed their call upon the United Nations (UN) to intervene immediately to resolve the 15-year-old refugee saga.
In a petition sent to UN Secertary General Kofi Annan through UN office system in Kathmandu on Thursday, the refugees have urged Mr. Annan to take note of the unresolved and prolonged human rights situation and initiate urgent actions to resolve the crisis before it goes out of hand.
In the petition, Peoples' Forum for Human Rights and Development (PFHRD) - an organisation floated by Bhutanese refugees has urged the UN Secretary General to "ensure uninterrupted and adequate relief assistance to the Bhutanese refugees until the problem is resolved, and they return home with dignity and guarantee their human rights."
"The state of statelessness of over 100,000 Bhutanese refugees must end now," the organisation said.
Meanwhile, Bhutanese refugee groups in eastern Nepal have warned the Nepal government not to fall into trap of Bhutanese government and raise the refugee issue at the forthcoming general assembly of the United Nations.
Referring to the telephone conversation between Bhutan's Foreign Minister Khandu Wangchuk and his Nepalese counterpart Ramesh Nath Pandey, spokesperson for the Bhutan Peoples' Party, Gopal Gurung, said: "Bhutan has expressed willingness to seek an amicable solution to the refugee problem keeping in mind the upcoming 60th UN General Assembly, and there is no way it can be trusted given its past behaviour." Refugee leaders have asserted that the problem could no more be resolved through ministerial-level talks and that intervention from the international community is a must.


manish said...

Refugee is a person who has been forced to flee from his or her native land because of persecution or threat of persecution untill the immigrants refuge have no choice to abondon their home land and seek refugee in another country .But Kashmiri pandits are first of its kind who have been forced to live life of refugee in their own country .This is shame for whole mankind that the people are forced to live of refugee by few people .
This thing will make the todays history a black history and the commiong generation will not apologise us for all this.

Manish a youth avenging kashmir

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