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Press Statement

Press Statement 

29 April 2015

National Human Rights and Social Justice Nepal (Human Rights Alliance) expresses deep
condolence over the loss of lives and properties due to the devastating earthquake occurred on 25
April 2015. Human Rights Alliance extends its wishes over the souls of the diseased ones rest in
peace and speedy recovery of the wounded ones. In this respect, all the affiliated human rights
organisations, human rights activists and human rights defenders are kindly urged to be involved in
the coordination and cooperation with the government and non-government organisations in fast
treatment of the wounded and injured in the incident.
According to the report made available by the branch offices of the Human Rights Alliance, Central
Committee members, and human rights defenders, so far above 5,000 people have lost their lives due
to this devastating Quake. Thousands of the them have been displaced. More than 60 thousands
houses have been destroyed. Total 31 districts have been directly affected as an update made so far.
Out of them, districts like Sindhupalchowk, Kathmandu, Nuwakot, Dhading, Rasuwa, Gorkha,
Bhaktapur and Lalitpur have been badly affected.
According to the human rights activists and human rights defenders from the respective VDCs and
districts of the severely affected ones, the relief distribution works have not been as effective as it had
to be. Mostly the people from remote ones from the respective district headquarters have been losing
their lives due to the severe crisis of the treatment. An earnest request is made to the government to
prioritize for deploying the health workers to these places.
The survivors in almost all districts are compelled to live in open sky without tent, plastic and safe
drinking water as well as foods which may take more lives. Therefore, the government is requested
to coordinate for distributing the relief packages to the community level with the locally established
NGOs.
The data, facts and figures related to the damage caused by the Quake are being collected, compiled
and disseminated by the efforts of the Human rights Alliance. In this context, we urge all the human
rights activists to fully involve in the relief, treatment and rehabilitation of the survivors with cautious
and sincere efforts, prioritizing the needs of the women, children and the senior citizens.


Min Bahadur Shahi                                                       Dr. Padma Prasad Khatiwada
President                                                                          General Secretary

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National HR Conference concluded

 The 3rd National Human Rights Conference 2012 organized by Human Rights Alliance has been concluded on December 17 advocating to end the current political deadlock and urged to form the national consensus government as soon as possible.

 National Human Rights Conference was organized after successfully completing the 5 Regional Human Rights Conferences in the 5 development regions of the country last month.  The main objective of National Conference was to initiate a dialogue between national stakeholders with regards to the current political deadlock, and to deal with the emerging issues of human rights to include post-conflict justice. The conference will also bring to the foreground burning human rights issues form the local level which were raised during the recent regional conferences.

 The National Conference urged to the government to form the monitoring mechanism to deal with transitional justice issue where the secretariat should be placed National Human Rights Comssiosn (NHRC). Impunity and post conflict justice was the top agendas of the declaration. Minority, Marginalized communities, women’s rights, protection of the rights of the HRDs, economic, social and cultural rights and press freedom are raised strongly by the declaration.

 Addressing the conference, former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the social and economic rights have to be raised by the Human Rights Defender (HRDs). "If the country gets more economic prosperity then the human rights situation will automatically improve "he added.  

  Speaking at the conference, Ganesh BK , Chairperson of Human Rights Alliance said that Human Rights Alliance is trying to reach in every village of the country  through "One VDC , One Human Rights Defenders" to support the people's rights at the local level.  

 Likewise, Former Finance Minister and leader of Nepali Congress Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat said that human rights are always fragile unless there is stable government in the country. He also added, “due to weak governing system the rights of the people are always in vain".

 In the opening session, leaders of major political parties, civil society leaders, and local human rights activists from 75 districts, national and international human rights organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, women, Dalit, Janajati, family members of conflict victims, and other minorities were among the participation.

In the second day of the conference some of the lead presentations representing critical views from diverse stakeholders on human rights and social justice were presented where the local human rights defenders took part in the discussion. 

Kathmandu, December 18 - 2012

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National Human Rights Conference - 16-17 December 2012

 


  After successfully completing the 5 Regional Human Rights Conferences in the 5 development regions of the country.  Human Rights Alliance is going to organize a comprehensive National Human Rights Conference on 16-17 of December 2012 in Kathmandu. The objective of this conference is to initiate a dialogue between national and international stakeholders with regards to the current political deadlock, and to deal with the emerging issues of human rights to include post-conflict justice. The conference will also bring the burning human rights issues form local level which were raised during the recent regional conferences.                                     

 The conference will help to pursue international commitments made by the state; it will also contribute to enforce human rights and to help bring about justice for victims of the 10 year conflict. Furthermore it will address the issue of establishing an independent truth commission aimed at bringing to justice the perpetrators of human rights abuses (who are currently free due to a lack of judicial independence). A recent move which highlights this issue is the government's sudden introduction of the TRC bill which bypassed the standard legislative procedure. Human rights activists and the families of conflict victims denounced the move, arguing that the bill was prepared without consulting civil society groups, political parties, or victims.

To discuss all these issue a two day event will take place in Kathmandu in which defenders of human rights along with marginalized and excluded groups will put forth their views and interact with policy makers. There will also be a review of the past two conferences to gauge what impact they have had. The event will give status to the country's human rights situation; a total of 200 human rights defenders will get the opportunity to participate from across the country.

Programme modality

In the opening session, major political parties, civil society leaders, local human rights activists (from 75 districts), national and international human rights organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, UN agencies, women, Dalit, Janajati, family members of conflict victims, and other minorities will be invited to discuss and express concern for the current human rights situation.

In the second session the conference will be initiated by some lead presentations representing critical views from diverse stakeholders on human rights and social justice; an open discussion will follow.

 If you need any information regarding the National Human Rights Conference, please feel free to contact Mr. Yadab Bastola , Executive Director of Human Rights Alliance ( Cell -9848054579)

 

Human Rights Magna Meet Concludes

Photo by :- Bimal Chandra Sharma , INSEC

Kathmandu, December 11 ,  The 4th National Human Rights Magna Meet 2012 has been concluded on December 11 advocating for upholding human rights values and ending the growing impunity in the country with the issuance of 10-point declaration.

 To bring together all human rights activists to pile pressure on political parties for the end the political deadlock and rise the voice against impunity, Magna meet is organized every year on the occasion of International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10.

 Impunity and post conflict justice was the top agendas of the declaration. Minority, Marginalized communities, women’s rights, protection of the rights of the HRDs, economic, social and cultural rights and press freedom are raised strongly by the declaration.

 After six years, the transitional justice mechanisms promised in the peace accords have still not been established, and the current governments have withdrawn serious   serious conflict-related crime. Perpetrators of serious crimes and violations on both sides have not been held accountable; in some cases they have been promoted.

  Addressing the meet, NHRC chairperson Kedarnath Upadhyaya complained that NHRC’s letters to the PM, suggestions to the political parties had been ignored. “We had consistently requested that the Government justify its rationale for all of those withdrawals of criminal cases but the government did not listen to us”, he added.

 Speaking at the Magna meet, Ganesh BK of Human Rights Alliance said that human rights would not be protected until the tendency of being revolutionaries while on the streets, status quoits in the parliament and regressive while in the government is not changed.

 Likewise, INSEC chairperson Subodh Raj Pyakurel said that advocacy should begin now to ensure incorporation of fundamental duties. He said, “Dissolved CA had selected 10 fundamental duties in the constitution adding those should be regarded to private and family, social and collective and professional and business duties”.

 Human Rights Magna meet, hosted by 84 organizations including Human Rights Alliance.  

 

The Nepal Conflict Report

8 October, 2012 , The Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (OHCHR) published a crucial report on Nepal’s Maoist conflict, the government on Monday.

 According to OHCHR , The Nepal Conflict Report documents and analyses the major categories of conflict-related violations of international human rights law and international humanitarian law that took place in Nepal from February 1996 to 21 November 2006.

“During the many years I worked for justice and the realisation of human rights around the world, I have seen that both the failure to combat impunity and the denial of justice only served to encourage further serious violations. I therefore offer this Report and the accompanying TJRA to the Government and people of Nepal, to assist them in their essential endeavour of building a sustainable foundation for peace and recovery from Nepal’s violent and tragic conflict” said Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights .

Go to link below to find the full report :- 

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