Bhutan. According to
COUNTRYAAH, UN refugee agency UNHCR submitted a proposal in
May to resolve the problems of the nearly 100,000 Bhutanese
refugees in Nepal, but this was later rejected by Bhutan.
The regime refuses to allow more than a few thousand
refugees (of Nepalese origin) to return to Bhutan, where
many of them have lived for many years.
Severe floods in August demanded hundreds of lives. The
worst hit was the village of Pashakha in the southern part
of the country, where over 200 people perished in a
landslide triggered by the rain.
Bhutan admitted in July that separatists from Assam in
northeastern India have had bases in the country since the
mid-1990s. Bhutan National Assembly at the same time
mandated the country's army to use force to force the rebels
out of the country, but it was unclear if and when such an
offensive would be carried out. A few months later,
separatists reportedly attacked their bases by Assam police