Human Rights Violations

International human rights organisations have published numerous reports on the human rights abuses that occurred when the Lhotshampa were exiled from Bhutan.

Bhutan is signatory to only two human rights instruments: the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) and the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

The government can therefore be held accountable to its citizens under these two conventions. Monitoring under the Convention on the Rights of the Child, in particular, has raised strong concerns about the violation of the rights of children from the Lhotshampa community (southern Bhutanese people of Nepali origin).