News Digest: Human Rights Gender & Social Inclusion (November 25 – December 1, 2021)

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Human Rights

The human rights organizations and victims’ associations of Nepal have vehemently condemned Agni Sapkota’s participation in the assembly of the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) in Spain.

The human rights bodies have called on the Spanish government to open an investigation under the principles of Universal Jurisdiction for Agnai Sapkota’s alleged involvement in the crime committed during the Maoist insurgency. The human rights organisation claimed that there exists enough evidence against Sapkota to be investigated in Spain under the principle of universal jurisdiction.

At a program organized by CWIN Nepal on the occasion of World Children’s Day, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission has appealed to all concerned authorities to implement the laws and constitutional provisions relating to children’s rights.

Gender

November 25, marks the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women.The slogan of this year’s 16-day campaign against gender-based violence is “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women Now.”

President Bidya Bhandari gave her best wishes for the success of 16 days of activism against gender-based violence. She stated that activism is important for public awareness against, evil of Chhaupadi, allegation of witchcraft, discrimination against women, and superstitions.

Woman affiliated with a non-governmental organizations initiated activism at Maiti Ghar chanting  “Orange the World: End Violence Against Women”.

Seven accused apprehended in the Nirmala Kurmi disappearance case from Nepalgung were released on bail on 28 November.

Social Inclusion

Dispute arose between the enumerators and the locals in Province 2. In Saptari, Siraha and Dhanusha, local enumerators were accused of writing without asking questions when compiling data on language and religion. According to Bimal Kumar Yadav, chief of the State 2 Census Office, two enumerators have been arrested on the charge and one has been released after being alerted. Similarly, locals in the Janakpurdham sub-metropolitan area chased away the enumerator during the census.

According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, the preliminary result of the census would be announced after three months and the final result would be made public after a year.

The tenth general convention of CPN (UML) which concluded on 30 December, showed increased inclusion in the central committee and office-bearers. Leaders of 2 women, 1 Dalit and 1 Madhesi community have been present in the office. Additionally, 53 women have been elected unopposed as CPN-UML’s central members from the women’s category.

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