Ex-Bhutanese king to be hit with upto $200 million lawsuit!

Bhutanese exiles living in Nepal are planning to hit Ex- Bhutanese King Jigme Singye Wangchuk with a lawsuit for torture meted out to them. More than 100,000 Nepali speaking Bhutanese citizens, known as Lhotsampas, were forced to leave Bhutan due to state-sponsored ethnic cleansing through the late 1980s to early 1990s during Jigme’s absolute rule. Seeking refuge, the majority of refugees had entered eastern Nepal through India. More than 45,000 refugees have been resettled in eight first world countries, including Australia through the third country resettlement solution.

Human rights spokesperson for Bhutanese exiles Tek Nath Rizal has said that discussions have been started with the Washington DC-based Bruce Fein & Associates, Inc, a law firm in the United States, to explore the lawsuits. The amount in damages that might be recovered under the Torture Victims Protection Act (TVPA) is expected to exceed US$ 200 million. The TVPA allows both aliens and US citizens to make legal claims against foreign officials responsible for torture or extra-judicial killings perpetrated under the colour of foreign law.