Pressure on Christians in Bhutan has increased significantly in recent years, both from the government and society. Though a secular state, constitutionally Bhutan’s “spiritual heritage” is Buddhist. Christians lack any formal status and recognition – many do not have National ID Cards – and have been arrested for distributing religious literature or inviting people to church. Registering churches is very difficult; the government keeps gatherings confined to household premises.
Bhutan – a ‘happy’ place, but not for all
The visit of the young UK Royals, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge (“Will and Kate”), to Bhutan is shining a spotlight on a small Himalayan nation perhaps best known for its own King assessing his country’s performance by factors which contribute to “Gross National Happiness”. But despite this apparent […]
Imprisoned Bhutanese pastors freed early
Two Bhutanese pastors charged with improper fundraising have been released from prison after serving reduced sentences and paying fines. Tandin Wangyal was released in January 2015 after paying a fine equivalent to about US $1,500. He had been sentenced to nearly four years in prison. Mon Thapa was released in […]