Kathmandu: The Global Campaign for the Release of Political Prisoners in Bhutan (GCRPPB) has renewed its call for the early release of Bhutanese Political Prisoners on the occasion of the 74th Human Rights Day.
The GCRPPB has appealed to the King of Bhutan to have mercy on those unfortunate prisoners and grant them Amnesty to allow them to live peacefully with their beloved.
Similarly, the GCRPPB has also submitted a joint memorandum to the government of all the Bhutanese Refugees resettling countries appealing for their support for the safe and early release of those political prisoners.
Likewise, the GCRPPB has also sent separate appeals to The Government of Nepal, the Prime Minister of India, the UN Human Rights Council, the European Union and the government of the resettling countries for seeking their attention towards the plight of Bhutanese Political Prisoners.
More than 100 political prisoners have languished for decades in Bhutan prisons. Still, we could collect the details of only 47 political prisoners. Most of them are booked under National Security Act which demands life sentences, and thus are serving life sentences.
Their elderly parents, wives and children were now primarily resettled in various developed countries after living for over 20 years in different UNHCR-aided refugee camps in Nepal.