The Kingdom of Bhutan (Druk Yul), literally the Land of the Thunder Dragon in the national language, is named after the violent storms that rage across the eastern Himalayas in which the country is nestled. Isolated from the outside world for centuries, Bhutan began to open its borders in the 1970s and since 2008 has undergone a transition towards parliamentary democracy. There are serious restrictions on civil and political rights in the country, including reports of the persecution of the Christian minority as well as Lhotshampa peoples.

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