NGOs take up refugee repatriation drive

DAMAK: Non-political Bhutanese organisations based in Jhapa have revitalised the repatriation campaign for the Bhutanese refugees.

The organisations have started collecting forms for the process from the refugees at all the seven camps in Jhapa and Morang districts. Human Rights Organisation of Bhutan (HUROB), the Bhutanese Refugees Repatriation Council and Bhutan Gorkha National Liberation Front are active in the bid.

The campaign will continue for two months. As a part of the campaign, details of the Bhutanese refugees, including their address in Bhutan, citizenship, landholding and property and family information, are being collected in both English and Nepali.

The compiled information will be sent to United Nations High Commission for Refugees, HUROB president SB Subba said.

The campaigners hope to sensitise the world community for the repatriation of the some 120,000 refugees languishing in camps for about two decades. The refugees are said to have been encouraged by the action.

More than 15,000 Bhutanese refugees have so far been resettled in seven countries of the West, according to International Organisation on Migration.