Bhutanese refugee delegates meet foreign minister of Nepal

Karma Dupthob, Kathmandu

The People’s SAARC Summit held in Kathmandu with the slogan, “People’s Movement Uniting South Asia for Deepening Democracy, Social Justice and Peace” concluded today. The three days’ event, which was commenced on November 22, 2014, provided an opportunity for a team of Bhutanese refugee delegates from Nepal and the United Kingdom to share the Bhutanese human rights, and refugee issues among the civil society leaders gathered from among the SAARC countries.

At the end of the three days’ convergence, a team of Bhutanese delegates led by Tom Adhikari, UK resettled Bhutanese lawyer and Capt. N.B. Giri, a Bhutanese refugee living in Nepal, met the Foreign Minister of Nepal, Mr. Mahendra Bahadur Pandey and urged him to take up the Bhutanese Refugee issue seriously with the Government of Bhutan to pave the way for early repatriation of those refugees, who are wiling to repatriate with safety and dignity, during the SAARC Summit scheduled to be held in Kathmandu this week.

The Foreign Minister of Nepal was present at the closing session of People’s SAARC Conference. He received the declarations of Peoples SAARC Convergence 2014 from Dr. Sharba Raj Khardka (Convener, Declaration Drafting Committee), and Sharmila Karki, Convener, People’s SAARC organizing Committee.