Bhutan’s Envoy, Kinzang Dorji opposes categorising all refugees as Bhutanese in the Human Rights Universal Periodic Review in Geneva
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  • Bhutanese Envoy, Kinzang Dorji emphasised that it was incorrect to categorise all refugees as Bhutanese as there were different categories of people living in Eastern camps of Nepal in the Human Rights Universal Periodic Review held in Geneva on December 4. During the Periodic Review, several countries urged Bhutan to ratify core International Human Rights Treaties including the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR). Meanwhile, Kinzang Dorji stated that his government would announce its decisions on the recommendations offered during the 13th session of the HR Council which would be held in March 2010.1

    In other developments, Bhutan along with the Least Developed Countries requested preferential treatment for adaptation as per the Bali action plan at the Copenhagen Summit. However, no consensus could be arrived at on the issue due to the disagreement between G-77 , China and the developed countries.2

    Meanwhile, Bhutan opened a consulate in Kolkata on December 17. The Consulate was inaugurated by the Foreign Minister of Bhutan, Lyonpo Ugyen Tshering.3 The King of Bhutan, Jigme Khesar Namgyel is on a six day (21-26 December) visit to India. This is the King’s first visit to India after coronation and he aims to strengthen and expand bilateral relations between the two countries.4