DAMAK, September 11: Man Bahadur Khaling, who was in prison in Bhutan for 21 years, had just one dream when he came to Nepal in 2016 – meeting his family members and spending the rest of the time with them.
KATHMANDU, April 27: Although it decided in November last year to hold fresh negotiation with Bhutan to resolve the problem of Bhutanese refugees once and for all amid donors beginning to withdraw their support for the remaining refugees, the government has failed to make any concrete progress in this regard.
Little more than 6,000 Bhutanese refugees are currently living in Beldangi and Shanischare in eastern Nepal. They refused resettlement in third countries, and want to go home in Bhutan or settle down here in Nepal. About 116,000 of Bhutanese refugees have been resettled in the United States and Europe. Of them, 96,148 were resettled in the United States alone. The government of Nepal should expedite talks with the new government of Lotay Tshering in Bhutan. It has been more than three decades since the refugees started living in camps in Nepal.