Bhutanese refugees seek British ambassador's help to return home
The Senior Citizens Home Return Committee of the Bhutanese Refugees Monday sent a letter to British Ambassador to Nepal, Andrew James Sparkes, urging him to take initiatives for their return back home.
In a joint letter, the refugees living at Beldangi Camp in Damak of Jhapa district apprised the envoy of their plight and requested him to act in their favour.
The letter bears signatures of 127 refugees including Coordinator of the Committee, Harka Jung Subba.
Accroding to RSS, the letter states that the fundamental rights of the refugees, hoping to return home but languishing in the refugee camp for the past 21 years, have been shattered.
Spokesperson of the Committee, Santabir Ghale, said that they have approached various international organizations and diplomatic missions to take initiative to guarantee their right to return to their homeland, Bhutan.
In the 1990s, more than 100,000 Bhutanese citizens of ethnic Nepali origin were driven away from the isolated country despite voices against rights violation from every quarter.
The United States, Canada, Australia and other western countries extended helping hand to the refugees as more than 70,000 refugees have already settled in these countries.
The remaining ones are still staying in the refugee camps of eastern Nepal either in the hope of returning to their home country Bhutan or waiting for a rescue to a third country. Nepalnews.com