Daily Archives: April 21, 2011

Bhutanese Refugees Hope to Return

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On Saturday, Bhutan‘s Prime Minister, Lyonchhen Jigmi Y Thinley, said that thousands of Bhutanese refugees would have to prove they are bona fide citizens before they are allowed to return.

Nine years ago, 108,000 Bhutanese people of Nepali descent fled after the Druk government stripped them of their citizenship and forcefully evicted them in a move of ethnic cleansing.

In the meantime, the Bhutanese refugees are living in squalid camps in India, Nepal, and elsewhere. The current Bhutanese government maintains that it wants to respect the rights of those who want to return, but over 44,000 refugees have already left for third country settlement in a program spearheaded by the United States.

Via Impunity Watch.

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Syria Law Requires Government Consent to Protest

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The new Syrian legislature has implemented a law requiring citizens to obtain government consent before protesting.

The new law appears to be in response to pro-democracy protests in the city of Homs, where demonstrators have been gathered since Monday. Activists have reported that more than twenty demonstrators in Homs have been killed by the military forces sent in to disperse the crowds, but  the claims are unsubstantiated since journalists have been denied access to the city.

Reports indicate that more than 200 people have been killed since the uprisings in Syria began over a month ago.

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