Click on the flag to choose the language.

A National level residential workshop has been concluded here in Kathmandu analyzing the policies, regulations related to human rights adopted by the Government of Nepal for the protection of human rights and the situation of their implementation process.

The Universal Periodic Review will be submitted as a document from civil society to the United Nations Human Rights Commission on 23rd March, 2015. The workshop was coordinated by Jagrit Child and Youth Concern Nepal where seven of the civil society organizations representing 45 different organizations participated in detail discussions about their work and working sector. There were 50 participants.

On the first day of the national level workshop an extensive discussion related to youth and human right was organized. Participants including human right activists and social worker were vocal about the psychological and institutional challenged youth ate at facing at the present context here in Nepal. In the mean time, participants suggested issues which should be the major concern of the Government of Nepal. Some of the issues were: youth’s involvement at the decision making levels, youth with citizenship card should be able to cast their vote, employment opportunity for unemployed youth, meaningful participation of youth in social sector, celebration of International Youth Day, and providing economic opportunities for the disable youth by the government.

Association of Youth Organizations (AYON) representing five organizations has initiate to accumulate the voice of youth including youth participation and various concern of youth so that it can be presented at the United Nations.

In the workshop, coordinator of Youth Vision 2025 Mr. Yogandra Shahi, Leader of Youth Union Mr. Soraj ‘Dilu’ BK, General Secretary of AYON Mr. Arun Khadka, youth right activist Mr. Kabindra Bulakoti and Mr. Naran Katiwoda, Secretary Ms. Rupa Uprati, stressed upon the need of implementing youth policy and also state should be responsible for the overall development of youth. on the other hand, Ms. Bhakti Shahi representing gender and sexual minority groups stressed upon the need of equal rights for third gender as of the general youth should be assured by the state.

On the second day of the workshop, Maternity and Child Health Foundation Nepal representing 14 of the organizations working in the same field, presented issues related to the present situation of female and children in Nepal along with laws and concepts of infant maternity in Nepal, reproductive rights and the concept of practical maternity. Additionally, Mr. Chanak Khattri member of Maternity and Child Health Foundation Nepal presented a paper related to the present situation of new born and maternity and their human rights. During the discussion, various issues such as marital rape, polyandry at Dolpa, Chaupadi were raised by the participants, which needed the effective and immediate attention from the Government.

Dr. Karti Bajracharya Lecturer fo infant maternity and Ms. Smriti Thapa health right activist stated about the changing context of infant maternity however the situation is not satisfactory hence the government should initiated specific programs focusing infant maternity. Participants clarifies that still in the rural and remote part of our country child birth rate is high comparatively, mal-nutrition among children due to lack of nutritional food and many other issues.

The second session of the second day of workshop was based upon “independence upon the religious faith” where different religious leaders from various religion participated. Participants discussed about the effects of the religious conversion at the present context of Nepal, challenges faced by the religious organizations and the discriminatory role of the Government in religious sector. Participating organizations for the discussion included ITN, CIDS, Christian Social Development Campaign Rukum, Nepal University, Christian University Church, National Human Development Organization, Eco-Social Developmental Organization (ESDO) Nepal, and Asian Resource Foundation.

The discussion was facilitated by B.P Khanal and Mr Tanka Prashad Subedi tries to clarify the misconception regarding the Christianity in Nepal. Commentator Mr. Mark Galpin and Mr. Raju Pradhan stated about the religious faith is human right. Additionally, Buddhist monk Acharya Norbu Sherpa, secretary Nepal Bhddhist Federation stated about the political and political interference while appointing lecturers and professors at the Bhuddhist University. He also presented an example about the embarrassment he has to face at the government offices about his skills on Nepali language.

Participants including Mohanuddhin Ali, representative of Muslim Society, Mr. Cherindra Shatyal, Ms. Rita Pradhan Subedi of Sai community echoed about religious faith and its choice being a matter of human right. Also participants representing Christian community urged the Government to provide a burial site for the funeral proceeding of Christians.

On the third day of Universal Periodic Review, which will be presented at the United Nations Human Right Commission in 2015, girl right and violation was discussed. The program was coordinated by Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal and participants included ESDO Nepal and other organizations. In the program JCYCN stated about the need of alike strategies as to focus on working in girl’s child right and against its violation. Six of the organizations woking in the field of the welfare of children had participated. Participants for the program included Mr. Gauri Pradhan former member of National human rights commission, Dr. Kirin Rupakheti, Under Secratery Ministry of female and children Government of Nepal Mr. Krishna Subedi National Campaign for children as Zone of Peace, Ms. Kuruna Parajuli member JCYCN. All the participants stressed upon the distinct role of each stakeholders in making Nepal  a child marriage free Zone by 2020. The program was facilitated by Mr. Tilottam Poudel as he stated about the lack of proper implementation of national and international commitments.

In the same day AYON and Migrants Nepali Coordination Committee and other four organizations presented a common concept regarding migrants Nepali and their family. Speakers in the workshop mentions about the challenges and problems of migrant Nepali, job discrimination they are facing abroad, passport related hassle and the hassle regarding bring back the body of the deceased abroad. Some of the speakers for the program included Mr. Arjun Bhandari Department of Labour, Program coordinator of NMCC Mr. Nirmal Uprati, Representative of National Human Right Comission Mr. Kamal Thapa Chettri.

Along with that in another program related to climate change and human rights, speakers stated about the impact of changing cimate on human rights. The speakers included Dr. Dharma Uprati, Mr. Chiranjibee Bhattrai specialist fo environment and law, Mr. Bhola Bhattrai Mr. Phadam Bahadur Shrestha. The participating organizations included NAFAN, CMDRR Forum, DANAR.

All the speakers stressed about the misuse of natural resources, climate change and its impact on developing countries, ignorance of developed world regarding the impact of climate change, drying up of water sources due to climate change, melting up of Himalayas and many other issues.

On the fourth day of the workshop, Asian Academy for Peace Research and Development representing three organizations mentioned about the need of permanent peace and stability in Nepal. Meanwhile, an intensive discussion took place upon topics of the situation of civilian disappearance during insurgency and their family, peace and reconciliation process. Speakers for the program included Dr. D B subedi, Dr. Prakash Bhattrai, Anuja Sapkota, Suman Adhikari representing the victims of insurgency stressing on the prime role of the Government in establishing peace and reconciliation.

Likewise, another program on the same day was Dalit’s access to Justice System where Samata Foundation advocate about the rights of dalits and in order to eliminate untouchability practice and discrimination against dalits all the citizens should be aware. Also it stressed upon the need of special law for the prevention of all sort of discrimination against dalit, and all the physical and mental violence dalit has to bear after intercaste marriage among dalit and non-dalit.

Participants including Mr. Khum Bahadur BK President Upakshit Uptpidit Thata Dalit Barga Uttahtan Bikash Samiti, Mr. Puspa Badi Vice president of Badi Development Committee Government of Nepal, Mr. Ganesh BK president Human Rights Alliance, Mr. Motilal Nepal President Dalit Welfare Association, Mr. Chakraman BK president Dalit Help Association, Mr. B.B. Thapa executive director Helpers Nepal, Mr. Padam Sundash President Samata Foundation. All the participants were vocal about the need of public awareness about dalit issues along with elimination of untouchabiliy practices and penalizations for those who practice it and promote mental and physical violence in the name of unotuchability practices. Advocate Mr.Prakash Nepali member of Samata Foundation mention abou the urgent need to review the existing laws related to dalits and stated about the need to provide insurance policies to dalits.

Mr. Yam bahadur Kishan one of the commentator for the paper presentation of Samata Foundation stated that there is a need ot raise awareness against unotuchability practices and dalits among citizens along with making the government bodies such as police force and bureaucracy that caste based discrimination is a punishable crime.

The six day long discussion was basically focused upon the situation of various commitments the Government of Nepal has presented at the UN and areas that need to be improved for implementation as per the commitments. The workshop was facilitated by Mr.Tilottam Poudel President JCYCN, Mr. Prakash Khadka representative Pax Romana Nepal and Ms Laurance Kauark Pax Romana representative for the UN Geneva.

At the end of the workshop all the conclusions driven based upon discussions were presented. Mr. Narahari Acharya Minister of Law, Justice and Federal matter presented certificates to the participants. At the same time he also stated that commission or the disapreance hasn’t formed under the recommendation of first UPR but the Government is in the process to formed one. Also he stated about the sensitivity of the issues of girl child including the violence and discrimination and the Government will always work to prevent all sort of violence and discrimination against children. Along with that, he also presented his commitment regarding the advocacy of climate change and environment as a major issue at national and international arena. Additionally, he stated that Nepal is a multi cultural and multi religious country hence marginalized and deprived population will always be the priority of the Government. Other issues he stressed as the top priority of the Government are to eliminate violence against women along with the protection of the human rights of the entire citizen. His emotional and serious speech shows that government is serious on the above mention issues and the positive changes are on their way.

On the ending note, Ms. Laurance UN representative of Pax Romana presented her wishes for various issues including the protection of human rights will be addressed. Likewise, Mr. Prakash Khadka presented his gratitude to all the collision organizations for their active participation. The program ended with a speech from Ms. Sulochana Sharma one of the participants of the workshop.END

You have no rights to post comments, unless you register