Tuesday, November 27, 2007

The Divided Bhutanese Refugee

Here is two contradiction news that were published in two different leading publication of Nepal

Source: TheHimalayanTimes.com

BPP wants cops kept out of refugee camps

The Bhutan People’s Party (BPP) has demanded that the Armed Police Force (APF) post that has been established inside the camp be shifted to somewhere outside the camp.
In a press release issued today, BPP chairman Balaram Poudel alleged that the post was set up to suppress the refugees and create division among them to implement the non-transparent plan of third country resettlement of refugees.
“It is against the norms of the UN to deploy armed security men in the camp,” the statement said, adding: “Nepal should stop it and make a provision of providing security in the camps from outside the camps.”
The non-transparent US plan of resettling Bhutanese refugees in third countries is merely a long-term project aimed at foiling the Bhutanese people’s movement for democracy and serving the ill intentions of the Bhutanese king, the statement said. However, it said the BPP neither stands for nor against the proposal.
“If we want to go a third country, it will make us slav-es. We have to be repatriated if we want of be the master of our own.”
The party demanded the authorities concern-ed to immediately issue ID cards to the refugees and not to begin any process for resettlement before doing it.
The party also welcomed the recent concerns shown by the Indian government and political parties about the repatriation of refugees and the decision of an all-party meeting held in New Delhi on November 22 to send a team of MPs to the refugee camps and raise the issue with Bhutan.

US team in Damak
BHADRAPUR: A three-member team of the Department of Homeland Security of the USA arrived in Damak on Monday in course of resettling the Bhutanese refugees to the US. The team will remain in Damak until December 13 and select the Bhutanese refugees willing to go to the US, Assistant CDO Laxman Kumar Hamal said.

Source: Kantipuronline.com
Refugees demand security to opt for third-country program

Bhutanese youths in the refugee camps in Jhapa district have demanded that the government provide a secure and fearless environment for refugees aspiring to opt for third-country resettlement.

The refugees have voiced such a demand at a time when various underground groups active inside the refugee camps have been issuing series of threats against those in favor of the third-country resettlement option.

United Nations High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) and the American government have offered to take as much as 60,000 Bhutanese refugees to America as per the third-country resolution program. However, owing to threats, many of the interested refugees have shown reluctance to participate in the UNHCR selection process.

Refugees from all seven camps in the district participated in the mass gathering organized here on Sunday to express willingness to opt for third-country resettlement.

"We have eventually found an option to escape from our inhuman lives inside the camps after 17 years of hardship," said Motikhar Gurung, a refugee, adding, "But we feel conspiracies are being hatched to deny us the solution." Gurung also said many of the refugees including his family were hounded out of the camp for showing interests in the third-country resettlement program. Two weeks ago, some 12 refugee families were displaced from Beldangi refugee camp after unidentified men stuck posters near their huts threatening to take physical action against them for participating in the selection program.

Youths at the program also said nothing could be done for a free and democratic Bhutan by sitting idly inside the refugee camps. "But we can stage a sit-in in front of UN office in New York and draw the world's attention toward a democratic Bhutan," Manoj Rai, former secretary of Khudunabari refugee camp said.

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