Category: Human Rights

Gorkhaland – scapegoat of suspicion theory

It’s a pity fact but the reality is Nepali-speaking community outside Nepal in South Asia always struggled to manifest their loyalty and live in constant suspicion of treason, while continue face trouble in establishing their identity. Current discourse is of course from the northern India – Darjeeling and Kalimpong. Queen of the Hills is burning…

Bhutan: Zam and freedom

The level of silence that Bhutanese media maintained about the departure of a senior journalist Namgay Zam from country is the sheer reflection of how freedom of expression, as guaranteed by the land’s constitution, is flourishing in this Himalayan nation. The media fraternity has not revealed why it was so quiet. Neither it rallied behind…

Females perform better

This week, Australian research institute Centre for Gender Economics and Innovation (C4GEi) and Infinitas Asset Management released a report that particularly drew my interest. This is all about performance indicators and female participation. From the time I got involved with Save the Children in 1997, I always advocated against undermining females. The reason for my…

Bhutan Periodic Review of Human Rights

In next few months, Bhutan will be presenting its second report on Human Rights for Universal Periodic Report to the UN. The first report was gathered a huge number of critics and many countries recommended to improve the human rights situation in the country. In the last five years, the situation has not changed a…

Pro-king protest deferred in Thimphu

On Thursday July 25, ruling party People’s Democratic Party (PDP), a scheduled protest in Thimphu has been deferred. Members of the general public were scheduled to hold a protest rally in Thimphu. However, it was called back at the last hour. It is known that the king secretly appealed the protest organiser to stop it.…

A total of 185 Bhutanese, who were resettled in South Australia since 2008, have received Australian citizenship at a special ceremony held in Adelaide on Sunday. Minister for Mental Health and Ageing, Mark Butler, granted citizenship certificates to them. Bhanu Adhikari, whose family was the first to arrive in Adelaide in May 2008, was one…

This is my first human rights report in series. In addition to regular press freedom reports, I commit myself in producing annual human rights report on Bhutan, henceforth. This report brings in the issues of human rights violations, government’s effort towards promoting and protecting human rights of the citizens and gap/lapses seen between these. I…

This week a news appeared me on Kuensel that astonished me. If that’s a true news, I am really shocked to learn the idea of justice delivery in the country I was born in. The blockade of Bhutanomics website had invited a heated debate recently and raised questioned the hiding objectives of the ruling government…

Though the constitution gives right to the people to choose the religion they like and conduct prayers as they wish, Bhutan continues to enforce the policy of zero tolerance against Christianity. Bhutan government has not so far recognized any institutions or church for Christians. Buddhists are supported by the state to perform public functions and…