Tags: Human Rights

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…

Fears of segregation

The expectation of change in policy, public perception and sense of equality among all the residents of the country in Bhutan is vanquishing in recent months as the regime projects itself as protector of only a section of people. Systematic termination of fundamental human rights continue to rule Bhutan while world unfortunately waits with presumption…

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…

By Sonam Tobgye and Thrimchi Lyonpo His Majesty Jigme Singye Wangchuck astounded the nation and bewildered the Council of Ministers, the Chief Justice of Bhutan, the Speaker and the Chairman of the Royal Advisory Council on 4th of September 2001 by the pronouncement of the need to draft a written Constitution.1 Sitting on a simple wooden…

ECONOMISTS predict China will overtake the US to become the world’s largest economy by mid this century, if its unprecedented growth continues with the same pace as in last few decades. Alongside the economic boom, questions have also been raised as to whether this prosperity has reached the citizens in far flung villages. Many believe…

In 15 years of Chinese rule, the citizens in Hong Kong feel, Communism is gradually gripping the otherwise free and open Hong Kong society, as Chinese government install mainland loyal as chief administrator of the island. Local human rights groups estimate the number of people flung to protest the sworn in ceremony of new leader…

A senior minister of the Sri Lankan government has indirectly hinted that there had been mass killing of Tamil people in the final days of government-Tamil Tiger war in 2009. Power minister Champika Ranawaka has reportedly warned that 100 more Mullivaikals will be created if Tamils in Sri Lanka follow the Tamil National Alliance (TNA)…

The Bhutanese media remain silent, or remain unknown, but diplomats from 16 countries, mostly based in New Delhi and Dhaka visited Bhutan in last week of May. Diplomats from Lithuania, Ethiopia, Albanian and Dominican Republic, all based in New Delhi, met with Prime Minister Jigmi Thinley in Thimphu on Friday. Other 12 diplomats had visited…

Bhutan is gradually opening up. Freedom of organisation, freedom to choose political through is getting in though the Bhutanese blood and sense. The mouths that remained shut for centuries are looking for every opportunity to speak, marginalised and sidelined personalities are taking up to show the strength. Suppressed groups are creating avenues to make their…