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Registration of refugees, Will it solve the deadlock?

Registration of refugees Will it solve the deadlock? Much anticipated re-registration of the Bhutanese refugees has eventually begun on November 15th bringing in it a ray of hope among the refugees waiting to see the permanent solution to the crisis. To my mind this can be viewed as having two objectives: to record the precise statistical data of the refugees and to find the actual data of those willing to opt for any one of the three options. However, the latter motive is not stated directly. Here I feel it necessary to stance on the process on hand. This is the only census and the registration conducted after 1990. So this move of the Nepal government and the UNHCR certainly wins plaudits. Nevertheless, how far it would be practical is a question in hand. Over forty thousand genuine Bhutanese have been sheltering in some parts of India and they are not registered in the refugee camps.

. Some of them do not have any of the supportive documents to prove them Bhutanese. The elderly members of some of the families have already expired. So interrogating about House number, Thram number and the like to those who have born and brought up in exile would not yield any fruit. What about those who possess nothing to prove their identity? Some extrinsic people have been trying to get registered in camps off and on. One cannot refute that those non Bhutanese might get registered as it’s easy to produce fake credentials. The next point to be noted is the issuing of the identity card to the refugees. If only adults are provided with it, there might be a security problem to those who are below eighteen. I feel the aforementioned points deserve a grave concern When the registration is going on, Bhutan is conducting a census in the country. It has also proclaimed that the refugees of category one and four would be accepted. India, which has been always indifferent towards the long protracted issue pretending it to be a problem between Bhutan and Nepal has shown a little interest this time. Sita Ram Yechuri, Indian CPM leader who was currently in an official visit to Nepal has opined that the refugee issue could be solved only with the active involvement of the Indian government. If India really becomes honest and pressures Bhutan to take back its citizens, there would be no need of the involvement of any other country. Suppose all the refuges are taken back can their rights be guaranteed? The draft constitution denies the citizenship rights of the southern Bhutanese. On August 2006 when a delegation led by Jim Kolbe from US met the king at Tashi Chho Dzong, the latter put forth the act of Driglam Namza and said, “One nation, one people concept is essential for the survival of Bhutan because it is very small to accommodate all.”? It is pellucid that he would never fulfil the demand of democracy and a cultural identity. Unless a complete political change comes in Bhutan and the king becomes ready to accept the exiled people as the first class citizen, and compensate the loss, the repatriation becomes futile. In this scenario, the peace movement or the arm struggle within the country becomes inevitable. Besides repatriation, the US proposal of resettlement also deserves attention. If the first option fails the US option would be better than a local integration. Since some of the criteria of the resettlement highlighted by Ellen Sauergrey, the US Assistant of State for Population, Refugees, and Migration seem plausible; a haste judgment should not be made to discard it. The US package should be studied and then rejected or accepted lest refugees should waste some more decades in vain. The UNHCR and Nepal should not expect to seek factual information from the refugees as regards their future plan through this registration. What plan do fates stricken people have? More over, the study shows when the movement began in the early 90s people were politically unaware and they did not know what they were agitating for. Even the leaders seemed astray. As a result they were turned to refugees. Even this long stay in exile has not taught the commoners what they should look for. Having lived in an internment for such a long period of time, the refugees could not pluck up courage to speak any thing appropriate to decide their future. They are often intimidated and made to plagiarize others’ views. Unless they are clearly told about the provision of the options at hand, nothing accurate would turn up. So we wish the benefactor itself shall come forward with a comprehensive way out, respecting the sentiments and the rights of the individual refugees as soon as the registration completes without waiting for the scheduled bilateral talk which is sure not to resume. KAZI GAUTAM Editor in chief The Bhutan Reporter .

0 thoughts on “Registration of refugees, Will it solve the deadlock?

  1. Nothing will change with this new king. All crap! Nepalese in Bhutan should fight. Please raise your voice and start movement. You will get support from Nepalase in Nepal. Kings in Bhutan are Inidan puppet.

  2. After this new king who studied in Oxford starts ruling, let us hope that the Bhutani nepalese will get fair chance. Else, The bhutanese should acquire weapons and start full fledged war. There is limit to every torture. See the pain in Bhutani nepali Refugees. Other option would be to capture land between Bhutan and Nepal first asking Indian Army to withdraw until bhutani Nepali get their rights.
    Nepal government does not recognize Bhutani nepalis as good friends for nepal,so, has not produced good diplomacy.

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