Human Rights: Countries: Bhutan


Bhutan is a Democratic Constitutional Monarchy and comprises a multi-religious, multi-ethnic, and multi-lingual society. In the early 1990s, Bhutan implemented the “One Nation, One People” policy to forcibly homogenize the country to the majority Buddhist Drukpa culture. This culminated in the eviction of over 100,000 mostly Hindu Lhotshampas (ethnic Nepali), reducing their population share from 42% to 30%. The Bhutanese government continues to violate the fundamental rights of Hindus, restricting their linguistic and political rights, preventing the open practice of Hinduism, and denying citizenship rights to over 80,000 people.