News Digest Human Rights, Gender & Social Inclusion (November 11 to 17, 2021)

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Human Rights

Human Rights activists have urged the Parliament to pass the  citizenship bill to end the sufferings of many eligible citizens especially six types of people – single women, women who have returned from foreign employment, landless people, street children and human trafficking victims. 

Human Rights Watch, The International Commission of Jurists and Amnesty International have called for an end to the crisis in Nepal Supreme Court. Meenakshi Ganguly, South Asia director at Human Rights states that, the Supreme Court plays a critical role in upholding human rights and the rule of law in Nepal, which makes this crisis immensely worrisome for the judicial system. 

The Chief of eight constitutional commissions body has appealed to the parties in the dispute to find a solution to the deadlock in the judiciary through mutual dialogue. According to them, the current deadlock in judiciary has resulted in obstruction to the implementation of the constitution, constitutionalism, rule of law, human rights of citizens and exercise of fundamental rights. 

Chhinnamasta Rural Municipality in Saptari district has failed to issue a budget for  the education sector, which has affected the academic structure of all community schools in the rural municipality, including the midday meal programmes. Disputes among the people’s representatives regarding budget distribution have affected the children’s rights to education. 

Minister for Labor, Employment and Social Security- Krishna Kumar Shrestha, was inquired about Nepal’s commitment to ensure the basic rights of all laborers by Nepal’s ILO Chief- Richard Howard on Monday. Minister Shrestha said that the government was committed to ensuring the basic rights of all workers in line with the concept of dignified labor. 

Gender 

Lumbini province government with the assistance of provincial Ministry of Law, Women, Children, and Senior Citizens has launched a 10 year strategy to end child marriage in the province. The local units will collaborate with the schools to educate, aware and empower children and their parents alike through imparting skill based training and awareness drive. 

Tilottama, a municipality in Rupandehi, has stepped up its efforts to become a child-friendly municipality. Out of the 16 local levels in Rupandehi district, the Tilottama municipality will be proclaimed the first children-friendly town. 

Accordion to Sarita KC, executive director of Mitini Nepal, an LGBTI organisation; the main census questionnaire does not recognises queer people and categorizes the head of the household only as man or woman, not listing themselves based on their gender identity. 

A 32-year-old Nepali woman migrant worker was found dead in the bathroom of a house based in Farwaniyah in Kuwait, said Kuwait police. Police are investigating the cause of the woman’s death. 

Three persons have been arrested from a house belonging to Bishnu Panta, with 184 kilograms of hashish from Ratnanagar municipality in Chitwan District. 

A minor was raped by an elderly man in Bardiya, Lumbini Province under the pretext of treatment for epilepsy. He was arrested from Rajapur Municipality-9  and is being investigated. 

Gopal Bik, 23, of  Aathabis Municipality-2  have been arrested  on charge of raping a 17-year-old girl. 

Manish Rai, 22, Terhathum and Bijay Mukhiya, 27, of Dhanusha have been arrested on charge of raping a 14-year-old girl and raping a 15-year-old girl. 

Sanjay Nath, 24, from Rukum East have been arrested on charge of raping a 16 year old girl.

Social Inclusion 

The national census, which is held every 10 years, will be conducted from November 11 to 25. People’s head count will be done on the basis of the principle of inclusion in various subjects such as ethnicity, language, religion, sex, social class, geology, disability, age, income and gender or gender minorities groups as ‘third gender’. 

The government has added two more ethnicities -Rana Tharu and Bhumihar to the 12th National Census 2021, with a total of 127 ethnic groups.

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