April. 17, Bhutanese human rights activist and senior leader Mr.Tek Nath Rizal has sent a letter appealing SAARC leaders and the observers of the summit to take immediate initiations for the repatriation of Bhutanese from the refugee camps in Nepal.
Addressed to the SAARC Chairman and Prime minister of Bangladesh, Madam Sheikh Hasina Begum, Rizal’s letter has brought to the surface reality the issue of protracted refugee crisis which none of the SAARC nations seem to have discussed seriously towards resolving it.
He has reiterated the fading reality of gross human rights violation in Bhutan that forced some 100,00 genuine Bhutanese of Nepalese minority out of the country in the early 90s. At times when Bhutan is lending its deaf ear towards finding the durable solution to refugee problem, Rizal has written this letter requesting rest of the SAARC member nations to pressurize Bhutan in matter of taking its citizens back in dignity and honor as soon as possible.
The letter has also been sent to observers of the summit — People’s Republic of China, Japan, Korea, United States of America, Islamic Republic of Iran, Mauritius, Australia, Myanmar and the European Union.
The 16th round of summit is scheduled to take place in the country capital, Thimphu from 28 to 29 April, 2010, which Bhutan is hosting for the first time after a quarter century of the evolution of SAARC.