Stories Tagged 'Bhutanese refugees'
When the government of Bhutan expelled tens of thousands of its Nepali-speaking Lhotshampa population in 1991, branding them as “illegal settlers”, they fled to Nepal in hordes. Purna Bahadur Limbu was among those who crossed into Nepal via India with which Bhutan shared a poorly defined and largely unpatrolled border.
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Nepal has decided to resume talks with Bhutan to repatriate the remaining Bhutanese refugees who are living in two camps in Jhapa. The initiative will be first in the last one and a half decades after the 15th round of ministerial level talks with Thimphu failed in 2003.
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After Nepal rejected to locally integrate the Bhutanese refugees, the UN refugeeagency is preparing to collect data of those refugees who want to be repatriated back to their country.
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The Bhutanese refugees, who have been languishing in Beldangi Camp, Jhapa for the past 26 years, have urged the human rights bodies to take initiative for their repatriation.
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Government must reconsider its stance against integrating Bhutanese refugees
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Nepal faces renewed diplomatic and internal challenges in coping with 6,500 Bhutanese refugees who remain in two camps in Jhapa as the World Food Programme suspends its 26-year-old support and the third country settlement scheme draws to its close.
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