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Bhutan Immigration Detention

As of 2019, Bhutan reportedly had no immigration detention centres and few cases of people being placed in detention for immigration-related reasons. After its visit to the country 2019, the Working Group on Arbitrary Detention noted this lack of emphasis on detention and commended "the restrained approach of the authorities."

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International migrants (2015): 51,100

Profile Updated: February 2020

"31. The Working Group understands that there are no immigration detention facilities in the country and that the current practice is to seek the assistance of the police to hold those who have been found to be in breach of the Immigration Act, 2007. The lack of immigration detention facilities appears to have contributed to relatively few cases of immigration detention and, according to information received, such detention would generally not last longer than a day.

"32. The Working Group views the current practice as positive and recalls that deprivation of liberty must be a measure of last resort. It welcomes the restrained approach of the authorities towards the opening of new detention facilities and invites them to consider carefully any initiatives that would lead to opening of new types of places of deprivation of liberty."

--Working Group on Arbitrary Detention, Report on Visit to Bhutan 14-24 January 2019.

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1,119

Criminal prison population

2014

  • Criminal prison population
NumberObservation Date
1,1192014
1,0012011


6.8

Percentage of foreign prisoners

2013

  • Percentage of foreign prisoners
PercentageObservation Date
6.82013


145

Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)

2014

  • Prison population rate (per 100,000 of national population)
NumberObservation Date
1452014
1352011



775,000

Population

2015

  • Population
NumberObservation Date
775,0002015


51,100

International migrants

2015

  • International migrants
NumberObservation Date
51,1002015


6.6

International migrants as a percentage of the population

2015

  • International migrants as a percentage of the population
PercentageObservation Date
6.62015


21,392

Refugees

2015

  • Refugees
NumberObservation Date
21,3922015


0

Stateless persons

2015

  • Stateless persons
NumberObservation Date
02015

International Law Expand all

International treaties Show sources
Ratio of relevant international treaties ratified
  3/19
Ratio of complaints procedures accepted Show sources
NumberObservation Date
0/22017

Visits by special procedures of the Human Rights Council Show sources
NameYear of VisitObservation Date
Working Group on arbitrary detention20192019
Relevant recommendations by UN Special Procedures Show sources
NameRecommendation ExcerptRecommendation YearObservation Date
Working Group on arbitrary detention31. The Working Group understands that there are no immigration detention facilities in the country and that the current practice is to seek the assistance of the police to hold those who have been found to be in breach of the Immigration Act, 2007. The lack of immigration detention facilities appears to have contributed to relatively few cases of immigration detention and, according to information received, such detention would generally not last longer than a day. 32. The Working Group views the current practice as positive and recalls that deprivation of liberty must be a measure of last resort. It welcomes the restrained approach of the authorities towards the opening of new detention facilities and invites them to consider carefully any initiatives that would lead to opening of new types of places of deprivation of liberty.20192019
Relevant recommendations of the UN Universal Periodic Review Show sources
Recomendation IssuedYear IssuedObservation Date
No20102017
No20142017

Socio Economic Data Expand all

Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD) Show sources
Gross Domestic Product per capita (in USD)Observation Date
2,5602014
Remittances to the country Show sources
Remittances to the country (in millions USD)Observation Date
132014
Unemployment Rate Show sources
Unemployment RateObservation Date
2014
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in millions USD) Show sources
Net official development assistance (ODA) (in USD)Observation Date
129.82014
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP) Show sources
Human Development Index Ranking (UNDP)UNDP four-tiered rankingObservation Date
132Medium2014

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