News Digest: Human Rights, Gender & Social Inclusion (December 2 – 8, 2021)

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Human Rights

Despite concerns from the United Nations and domestic human rights organisations, the government has refused to investigate the custodial death of Shambhu Sada Musahar. Ananta Raj Neupane, the deputy district attorney of Dhanusha, claimed that no investigation was required saying that Musahar’s death was a case of suicide.

Gender

It has been confirmed that the officials of the Nepal Children’s Organization are involved in child trafficking. In the last three decades, 948 children were sent abroad in the name of adopted son / daughter. However, the record only mentioned  72 children. The officials of the organisation are also misusing the funds for their personal use and for giving donations to the political party.

Malikarjun village municipality of Darchulahad prepared a local strategy to end child marriage in 2076 BS with the aim of declaring Malikarjun as child marriage free by 2080 BS. In the view of the plan of action, voting was held in various schools of the village municipality on the right or wrong of child marriage. 

16 days Activism against Gender Based Violence is being celebrated around the world with the global slogan “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women”. In Nepal, various programs are being held under the slogan “Let’s start from home: end violence against women”.  Mamata Bista, head of the Gender Based Violence Prevention Branch said that programs against gender-based violence are being implemented in all the states.

A program was conducted on the occasion of a 16-day campaign against sexual violence. Political parties, feminist associations, organizations and human rights activists  launched a discussion on  ‘increasing women’s participation and leadership  in politics.’ It was revealed that, infrastructure problems, legal ambiguity, unequal responsibilities and sometimes family dissatisfaction are the social challenges faced by women which has discourage women’s participation and leadership in politics.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has issued a new labour law with effect from February. However, the UAE has not yet set a minimum wage for Nepali and foreign workers. According to the stakeholders, UAE’s labour law is not in compliance with the international labour rights standards.

School teacher, Vikas Pokharel of Sungabha English School at Birtamod, Jhapa, inflicted corporal punishment to a 9 year old student. The child had bruises all over his legs and face due to merciless beating. The parents of the child has demanded legal proceeding against the teacher.

Social Inclusion

In an attempt to fully implement  the Madrasa education in Nepal, Minister for Education, Science and Technology Devendra Poudel has pledged to include Madrasa education in the government curriculum. For this to happen, the stakeholders should present a concrete proposal.

The Adivasi Janajati Commission has formulated a five-year strategic action plan to carry out the work as prescribed by the constitution and make necessary additional legislation. Experts have unanimously agreed to develop the Adivasi Janajati Commission as an independent, capable and resourceful constitutional body.

Congress leader and former Minister of State Sita Gurung has announced her candidature for the post of Joint General Minister for Adivasi Janajati.

Facilitating a workshop on ‘Current Status of Dalit Community: Problems and Solutions’ held in Mahottari, Chairman of the Janata Samajwadi Party (JSP) Nepal- Upendra Yadav said, emancipation of the Dalit community is impossible without changing the existing social and political system.

Dalits living in rented houses were reluctant to disclose their last name due to fear of eviction during census. Dalits usually don’t reveal their last names or they lie about being from an “upper caste”.

Giving a congratulatory message on the occasion of the 30th International Day of Persons with Disabilities, President Bidya Devi Bhandari emphasized on establishing equal access to public services, facilities and opportunities provided by the state including education, health and employment through effective implementation of constitutional and legal provisions in the lives of persons with disabilities.

Kunti Kumari Shahi won the post of General Secretary of Rastriya Prajatantra Party defeating Rekha Thapa.

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