‘Bring them back home’
The U.S. has urged Bhutan to take tangible and immediate steps to help resolve the Bhutanese refugee problem and show Bhutan´s commitment towards democratic values and human rights.
Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration, Kelly Clements visited Bhutan last month, to discuss humanitarian protection and assistance issues for refugees and other vulnerable populations in the region.
During these discussions, the visiting official reminded the Bhutanese government to reiterate its April 2011 offer to the government of Nepal to engage once again in bilateral discussions as soon as possible on the modalities for voluntary return and reintegration of refugees with legitimate citizenship claims to Bhutan.
Clements stressed that the U.S. government and the international community are ready to help the governments of Bhutan and Nepal support a process to manage the return and reintegration of refugees, once agreements are reached.
Clements also met government officials during her two-day stay in Nepal to urge the government to ensure safe transit of new arrivals of Tibetan refugees to India and to respect the basic rights of Tibetan residents in Nepal.
Clements also expressed concerns of the U.S. government regarding the population of stateless persons in Nepal.