Refugees arrested in Bhutan [ 2006-10-31 ]
DAMAK, Oct. 30: A group of refugees who entered Bhutan with a proposal of national reconciliation were arrested yesterday by the Phuncholing-based Police in border area of Bhutan, according to the Bhutanese human rights organization, HUROB.
The team who go across the border to enter Bhutan with the support of Bhutan Gurkha National Liberation Front and Bhutanese human rights organization, HUROB consisted general secretary of the front, Aiman Rai as well as Hemdhoj Tamang, Mandhoj Tamang, Karna Bahadur Rai, Sake Dorje Tamang etc.
The team was reported to have chanted slogans like 'repatriate refugees, return our land and house' as soon as they got to Phuncholing in border area of Bhutan. The Bhutanese police force thereupon intervened on the scene and arrested them, it is learnt.
The team is said to be carrying a proposal of national reconciliation addressed to the Bhutanese King, Jigme Sighye Wang Chuk.
The proposal contained their demands for resettlementof Bhutanese refugees in their homeland while guaranteeing their civil rights.
Earlier, various group of Bhutanese refugees, at the call of the front and HUROB, also attempted to go across Bhutanese border with the proposal of national reconciliation for the seventh times.
Meanwhile, the Front and HUROB have appealed to the international community to keep watch on the condition of the ten refugees arrested by the Bhutanese police .