Yearly Archives: 2014

ORR to support Initiative for Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

Several Bhutanese community based  organizations in Pennsylvania, USA are planning to host two days(June 28-29, 2014) Mental Health and Suicide Prevention conference to respond the high alarming suicide rate among Bhutanese refugees in the United States.  "This conference will educate the community leaders about the suicide prevention knowledge and the skills necessary to apply during the intervention.", said Parangkush Subedi, organizing planning

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Modi: Maintaining Harmony as a Measure of Success

By Dr. DNS Dhakal  What does Narendra Modi’s victory mean for India? Narendra Modi is India’s new prime minister. After leading the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to a landslide victory in the Indian general elections, winning 282 seats in the lower house of 543, Modi will be sworn in on May 26. [caption id="attachment_629" align="alignright" width="150"] Dr. Dhakal[/caption] The BJP could form the next government on its own, though it is likely

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90,000 refugees from Bhutan resettled

By Nini Gurung, Assistant External Relations Officer, UNHCR Nepal Nepal A major landmark was reached today when the 90,000th refugee from Bhutan departed from Nepal on resettlement. Eleven-year-old Suman Tamang left Kathmandu for Toronto, Canada, accompanied by his parents and younger brother. When they arrive in Toronto on Wednesday they will meet Suman’s aunt and cousin who were resettled three years ago. [caption id="attachment_622" align="alignleft"

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Bhutan’s prime minister: business must take happiness seriously

By Jo Confino In an exclusive interview, Tshering Tobgay says his country is open for business but not at the expense of its gross national happiness principles For all westerners who have elevated Bhutan to a mythical status, the prime minister has a stark message; the tiny Himalayan kingdom is "not Shangri-La". The country, which has become renowned as a beacon of light for measuring its success according to Gross National Happiness (GNH), rather

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Stories of Hope and Wellness in the Bhutanese Community
Asylum seeker resettlement deals ‘not just about safety’: UNHCR

By Jane Lee, Sarah Whyte and Michael Gordon  The United Nations refugee agency has warned resettlement countries are obliged to deliver education and labour rights and “not just safety” to asylum seekers, as the Abbott government prepares to do a deal with Cambodia. The UNHCR’s director of international protection Volker Turk has also diplomatically rebuffed Immigration Minister Scott Morrison's push for signatories to the Refugee Convention

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Office of Refugees and Immigrant (ORR) posts the funding opportunity announcement

The ORR, within the U.S Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced the funding opportunities today and invited eligible ethnic community based organizations through the Self Help Grant. The grant is specifically designed to provide services to newly arriving refugees in the United States with an objective of strengthening ethnic communities comprised and representative of refugee populations, and to ensure ongoing support and culturally

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Bhutan Refugee Issue: PM Koirala of Nepal speaks to PM Tobgay

By Dr. S.Chandrasekharan While attending the BIMSTEC Conference in Myanmar, Prime Minister Koirala took the opportunity to speak to his Bhutanese counterpart on the still “unresolved” issue of the Bhutanese refugees in Nepal. This happened when both leaders were participating in the Third Summit of Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical ad Economic Cooperation. While speaking to the RSS Nepal, Koirala said and I quote ” I have

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Bhutan’s Human Rights Record Defies ‘Happiness’ Claim

By Vishal Arora The UNHRC is looking at Bhutan’s record on human rights. It is less than stellar. Bhutan takes pride in, and is internationally acclaimed for, its unique policy of gross national happiness (GNH), which measures the nation’s progress in terms of the wellbeing of its citizens. However, Bhutan’s claim to fame may fall flat when the UN Human Rights Council evaluates how well this nation has respected the rights of its people

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Suggested intervention for Stabilizing Mental Health of Bhutanese in the USA

By Parangkush Subedi, Philadelphia, USA Introduction The year 2014 has witnessed three suicide cases among the Bhutanese community members. This increases the total numberto approximately 30 cases ranging in ages from 21 to 75 yearsever since the resettlement began in 2008 until 2013.It Is an alarming signal for all of us that we need to act urgently, perhaps use a multi-pronged approach to tackle the problem. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention

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