Some Observations on Torture Killing Me Softly
The book is an authoritative, rich and compelling narrative of the man who represents the movement for democracy and human rights in Bhutan. It might once again remind the present day Bhutan that there is no sustainable alternative to national reconciliation between the monarchy and the opposition forces. Bhutanese need national unity, and the new king has a meaningful role to play in this regard.
- Bipin, Adhikari
It's evident from the annex under the heading of "suggested reading" that the author has researched a great deal about the use of electronic devices to control one's mind. The epilogue reads: "The global agencies must verify the tall claims of the government of Bhutan independently whether it is 'Gross National Happiness' or the 'Gross National Sufferings.'" Indeed, the cases of gross human rights violations as documented by Rizal in Torture cast a shadow over so-called Shangri-La.
- Deepak Adhikari
Rizal has written in detail about the torturous moments he lived in different Bhutanese prisons. The book is really useful to know about how the authorities used torture against the freedom fighter and human rights activist.
- Bimal Gautam
Torture Killing Me Softly is based on his ten year jail term in Bhutan. The book not only delves into Rizal's life but also details the extreme level of torture one human being can afflict on another human being. It talks about the use of 'mind-control device' to torture him and a number of Bhutanese freedom fighters. The device, internationally, is regarded a big human rights violation.
- Prakash Acharya & Kamal Dev Bhattarai
The Himalayan Times
The book is a vivid image and recall of mind controlling tactics the Bhutanese government has been using for political prisoners. The author, who spent a decade in the Bhutanese jail, has well spoken of all such controlling measures.
- Association of Press Freedom Activists, Bhutan
The book has giddying details of torture called 'mind-control', a techno-savvy surveillance technique applied on him during his decade-long incarceration in Bhutanese jails, hitherto little heard of at least in this part of the globe.
The Kathmandu Post