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.
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 […]
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 […]