There were scenes of elation at Schipol Airport as 43 Bhutanese refugees landed in The Netherlands on the night of Tuesday 8th of June. Their arrival was greeted by family and friends from whom many had been separated for several years.
At the end of May the four 2010 sessions of the Human Rights Training with members of the De Brug programme, an initiative of Global Human Rights Defence, were completed successfully. The sessions took place in March, April and May with workshops on various human rights tools.
The second training session on human rights of the De Brug in cooperation with Global Human Rights Defence took place on Saturday, April 24th. The training consisted of two parts: the morning sessions focusing on human rights monitoring and the afternoon session about campaigning for human rights.
The Dutch Refugee Council, (Vluchtelingenwerk Nederland ), the largest Dutch NGO guarding the interests of refugees and asylumseekers in The Netherlands, agrees with several of the recommendations GHRD put forward in its recently published report on Bhutanese Resettlement. For instance, the time refugees stay in the transit centre must be reduced, says the organisation in an encouraging statement about GHRDs report on their website.
The first training session of the Human Rights Training with members of the De Brug programme, an initiative of Global Human Rights Defence, was completed on Saturday the 27 March 2010.