of Fundamental Freedoms and Human Rights the Druk National
Congress was formed on 16th June in 1994. A number of constructive
activities were carried out in Bhutan and Bhutanese people
living inside the country have appreciated the DNC for the
changes brought about because of its incessant campaigns both
on the ground and through diplomatic means. The basic ideological
premise of DNC is that only the establishment of constitutional
Monarchy in Bhutan can bring about just and humane solution
to the crisis of Bhutanese refugees.
various political and human rights organizations jointly formed
United Front for Democracy (UFD), with Rongthong Kunley Dorji
as Chairman. It comprises almost all the educated and intellectual
section of the Bhutanese in exile. There was also a small
bunch of people who didn't join the UFD, for their own reason.
In the capacity of Chairmanship of UFD, Rongthong Kunley Dorji
came twice to Delhi to garner the support from Indian people.
He was arrested by the Government of India in 1997 at the
request of RGOB. He was saved from being sent to Bhutan due
to timely judicial intervention and extradition proceeding
is still continuing at the Courts.
1997, the Eastern Bhutanese staged a mass protest rally and
demonstration against the Royal Government of Bhutan demanding
a fair and democratic system of governance, responsive and
accountable to the people. After the demonstrations, the Royal
government ruthlessly crushed the activists and sympathizers
of democracy, and over 200-300 people were imprisoned and
even killed two people. At present 100 or more activists are
still languishing in jails in Bhutan. The most prominent among
those still languishing in jails are Khenpo Thinley Ozer,
Dungpa Tshewang Rinzin, Tempa Rabgyel and friends who are
serving different prison terms ranging from five to fifteen
years rigorous imprisonment. Even now, the arbitrarily arrest
of those people associated with the pro-democratic forces
is taking place.
In spite of vast natural wealth resources, the people have
to live in abject poverty in the absence of democracy and
human rights, as there is no accountability and transparency
in present government. The Bhutanese in tune with several
other countries feel that establishment of democracy in their
country as the panacea for the malaise and exploitation. Druk
National Congress is agitating for last many years for the
establishment of democracy and human right in the country.
The civil and fundamental human rights are either limited
or banned in Bhutan. The Bhutanese needs the support for the
establishment of democracy from the believer of democracy
and human rights throughout the world.