The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North

The Sorry Saga of Bhutan's North
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Monday, May 28, 2007

Government arrests

Monday, May 28,2007
THIMPHU: Lately received news reveals that some six Bhutanese of Nepalese origin have been arrested in Bhutan. This arrest of six Bhutanese citizens has come at a time when the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) António Guterres was already in Bhutan to talk with the authorities there over the repatriation of the Bhutanese refugees languishing in Nepali camps since sixteen years.

The sources say that those who were arrested are, Sri Ram Chetri, Ratan Magar, Jeet Bahadur Ghaley, Nima Tamang and Prahlad Chetrri.

The campaign for such an arrest was conducted by the Bhutanese police at the wee hours, last Friday.

The whereabouts of all the arrested ones are still unknown, reports say.

Fearing from the eventuality that some belonging to the Southern Bhutan might speak against the discrimination meted out to them by the current Bhutani regime to the visiting UNHCR Chief Antonio Guterras, the Bhutanese police preferred to arrest them in advance.

How the international community including the UNHCR takes the fresh arrests is yet to be known. May 27, 2007


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