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An Introduction to Bhutan: Politics, Ethnic Cleansing, Gross National Happiness and Uncertain Future
Start Date: 3/3/2017Start Time: 11:30 AM
End Date: 3/3/2017End Time: 12:30 PM

Event Description
Suraj Budathoki will be visiting Norwich University. This event is free and open to the public.

Bhutan as though it is known as the land of happiness, it surely has some unsolved problems that have made difficult for the Lhotshampa population to live in Bhutan. When Bhutan considered implementing ‘one nation, one people’ policy, and changed the existing citizenship act twice, which was followed by a census in 1985, due to which more than 20% of the Bhutan’s population was driven out of from their home in the early 1990s.

After living in refugee camps in Nepal for over 2 decades, more than 95,000 Bhutanese found a new reason to live in this great nation.  But Bhutan continues to enjoy foreign aid and continue to suppress the minority population. 

Currently, there are more than 10,000 refugees are living in refugee camps in Nepal waiting to go back to their land. Bhutan’s authoritarian king continue to suppress their people, and getting foreign aid in the name of Gross National Happiness. At the heart of GNH, human rights abuses are rampant, families are separated for over 2 decades, and citizenship rights are considerably denied to its people.  As a measure, involving the US Congress for family reunification, promotion and protection of human rights in Bhutan, and repatriation of refugees from refugee camps are essential agenda. And our advocacy is to resolve this problem and build sustainable peace in Bhutan. 

Location Information:
Norwich University Campus - Kreitzberg Library
Room: Multi-Purpose Room
Contact Information:
Name: Katie Sanders
Phone: 802-485-2360
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