Resolution in US Senate urges Bhutan to release political prisoners

California Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna. Photo: Twitter

SAPAN News Democratic US Representative Ro Khanna of California and Democratic Senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio and Bob Casey of Pennsylvania in collaboration with the nonprofit Peace Initiative Bhutan and Bhutanese American community members, have presented a resolution to the United States Congress urging the release of all political prisoners.

The Resolution holds Bhutan accountable for oppressing and evicting over 100,000 Bhutanese nationals in the late 1980s and 1990s due to their identity, culture, language, religion, and political views. It calls for the Bhutanese government to respect human rights and democratic principles.

Bhutanese Americans in New Hampshire are mostly concentrated in three municipalities, and many of them were resettled there as refugees after living in refugee camps in Nepal for decades. The forced separation of families has resulted in unbearable pain and suffering, causing an alarming suicide rate among resettled Bhutanese in the United States.The resolution aims to promote justice and peace for Bhutanese Americans and human rights worldwide.

Read more at Bhutanese Americans seek justice for forced evictions and human rights abuses – New Hampshire Bulletin, by Suraj Budathoki, 29 March 2023

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