Bhutan Human Rights

Human Rights Concerns

Since the early 1990s, over 100,000 refugees of ethnic Nepalese origin from southern Bhutan have been living in camps in eastern Nepal after they were arbitrarily stripped of their nationality and forced to flee Bhutan. These 100,000 people constitute about one-sixth of the population of Bhutan. The Bhutanese refugee situation has become one of the most protracted and neglected refugee crises in the world. Despite many rounds of bilateral talks between the governments of Nepal and Bhutan, a durable, rights-respecting solution to the plight of the Bhutanese refugees does not seem close. Amnesty International also remains concerned about continuing reports of discrimination against ethnic Nepalese living in Bhutan.