I was chagrined to see Rachel give high praise to Bhutan's new heriditary coronation of their next ruler... She gave ample praise to his looks, his footware, and the his father's legacy of a gross national happiness index, but what she and way too many others failed to mention is Bhutan's horrible human rights record and their legacy of ethnic cleansing in the late 1980's and early 1990's
In an effort to increase their "gross national happiness" Bhutan forcibly tortured and physically removed over 100 thousand of its own citizens and sent them on a march to nowhere in 1991. These Bhutanese citizens crime... they were of distant Nepali ethnicity! Most of these families had settled in present day Bhutan 4 to 5 generations ago... some had been there even longer--- by the 1980's these innocent people comprised about 15-20% of the country's population... but according to the king they did not fit his definition of a true Bhutanese person.... These simple farmers once controlled the lower flood plains/rice basket areas of Bhutan and produced the majority of the Himalayan country's food products--- but in a giant ethnic cleansing sweep that tolerated no dissention the King and his troops killed/tortured/forcibly removed these folks from their lands and sent them adrift.
Ethnically, most of the folks can trace their roots to Nepal and even though Nepal is one of the poorest countries in the world, the King at the time (Birendra) allowed 100K people to establish UN refugee camps in the southeastern corner of Nepal--- Note these folks are not Nepali citizens, they rightfully consider themselves Bhutanese, but they have languished there for almost 20 years and sadly in their desperation have become a giant reservoir for the Asian sex slave trade.
I think Bhutan's actions are horrendous and it sickens me when folks like Rachel Maddow send them false praise based on ignorance of what has transpired. The facts are out there, way too many pundits fail to learn them before they report--- sadly this includes Rachel!
check out www.bhutaneserefugees.com:
The vast majority of the refugees are Lhotshampas, one of Bhutan’s three main ethnic groups, who were forced to leave Bhutan in the early 1990s. There is ample evidence, as documented by Amnesty International and other human rights organisations, that the expulsion of large numbers of Lhotshampas was planned and executed with meticulous attention to detail.