News Digest: Human Rights & GESI (December 16 – 22, 2021)


Human Rights 

Upendra Yadav- Chairman of the Janata Samajwadi Party stated that all Nepali citizens should be included in the voters list. According to Yadav, no person can become a non-citizen just because he/she does not have a citizenship certificate or the state has not been able to issue it. “It is the responsibility of the state to issue the citizenship certificate and people cannot be punished for the omission of the state”. 

Locals of Bandar Jhula in Chitwan have come all the way to Kathmandu to protest against the demand for red books (Lal Purja). When the municipality did not address their problems, they came to Kathmandu with their demands and grievances. Their demands includes: squatter settlement and  redistribution of land. Until their demands are addressed, the people will start an indefinite relay fast at Maitighar Mandal.


Stakeholders have underlined the need to lobby the government and lawmakers to ratify Violence and Harassment Convention, 2019 (No 190). Executive Director of Forum for Women, Law and Development- Sabin Shrestha said ratification of ILO Convention 190 will fill the existing  gap in Nepal’s anti-sexual harassment law at the workplace. 

District Police Office, Surkhet have arrested a priest and witch doctor (Dhami): Kanak Bahadur Shahi Bhupendra Gyawali, 66, Bhakti Gyawali, 39, and Milan Gyawali,19, on charges of committing a social crime against woman from Banke Khajura. The perpetrators had physically abused the woman claiming that they are  an ‘incarnation of God’. Human Rights activist Narayan Subedi (Karnali state chief of the Informal Sector Service Center) has termed the incident as a serious atrocity. 

Chandra Kami, a 21 old  man of Jairgaon of Humla district has gone missing for the past six days after an inter-caste marriage to an upper caste girl.  Kin of the missing boy have suspected that the girl’s side abducted the boy and have urged the police for a fair investigation. 

Chandra Kami who went missing for a week after inter-caste marriage  has been found safe and sound. According to the statement of Chandra, he had gone into hiding because the girl’s side of family  had threatened to kill him and imprison him on the charge of child marriage. 

Social Inclusion  

In the 14th  General Convention of Nepali Congress, Jeevan Pariyar of Kaski was appointed as the  union joint general minister. He is the only leader from Dalit community to become an official in the last 64 years. 

Bhishmaraj Aangdembe of the Deuba faction has been elected as the joint general minister of the Congress Adivasi Janajati. 

Businessman Binod Chaudhary, has been elected from the Madhesi quota for the post of central member of the Nepali Congress. Chaudhary got the second highest number of votes with 2206 votes.The election committee has yet to make a formal announcement. 

Congress leader Chitralekha Yadav has been elected for the post of  central member on behalf of the women of Province 2. 

Mahalaxmi Upadhyaya Dina has been elected as the joint general secretary of the Nepali Congress.  

Counting of votes for women open central members has been completed under the 14th General Convention of the Nepali. According to the Central Election Committee, Dilla Sangraula has won the women’s open seat with the highest number of votes. Followed by Pushpa Bhusal, Arju Rana Deuba, Ambika Basnet, Ishwori Neupane, Sarita Prasai, Rama Koirala Poudel, Sushila Dhakal Acharya and Rangmati Shahi. 

Women representatives (Deputy chief and Vice-Chair-person) have expressed their grievance stating that women are treated as second class citizens in the office and are not taken seriously. Throughout their term,  they did receive any support or encouragement from any people’s representative and their official  term came to an end without fully discharging their responsibility.

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