Nepal’s Nomadic Rautes Changing Their Way Of Life: For Good Or Bad?

Feb.11, 2014

Nepalgunj

Rautes, who have been living in forests for centuries, are now changing their way of living. The standards of this nomadic tribe are also improving with changes in their food and dressing. They had been living in forests and eating forest edibles but are coming in contact with other communities these days. Raute Chief

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Will Nepal’s new Constituent Assembly deliver on indigenous peoples’ aspirations for right to self-determination?

22 January 2014

By Prabindra Shakya

On 22 January 2014, as Nepal’s second Constituent Assembly (CA) held its first meeting in Kathmandu, leaders from across political divide have pledged to draw up a new constitution within a year to end the protracted constitution making process of the country.  A previous Assembly elected in 2008 was dissolved and the process suspended in May 2012 after parties failed to agree on key contentious issues, including form of federalism, in new constitution. With the new CA now underway, whether aspirations of Nepal’s indigenous peoples to exercise their right to self-determination (self-governance) in a federal Nepal is highly questionable. More

Cases of persecution of indigenous peoples in Nepal under law against cow-slaughter reported in 2012/13

Indigenous peoples in Nepal continue to be persecuted under its law against cow-slaughter—a law deeply rooted and wholly justified by Hindu (and therefore non-secular principles) and one which historically has been used to carry out the State’s forced cultural assimilation of indigenous peoples and to forge a homogenous identity for Nepali citizens.

The act violates namely article 8 of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) that states that “indigenous peoples and individuals have the right to not to be subjected to forced assimilation or destruction of their culture.” Further, under Article 1 of UNDRIP and Article 3 of International Labour Organisation Convention No. 169 (ILO C. 169), indigenous peoples are due the full measure of human rights and fundamental rights promised to all peoples under international human rights law—including the rights to freedom of religion, equality before the law and minority rights to cultural expression as protected respectively in Articles 18, 26 and 27 of International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR).

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Submission on Nepal’s Universal Periodic Review mid-term implementation assessment concerning rights of indigenous peoples and minorities

National Coalition Against Racial Discrimination (NCARD) and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Activists Network (IPRAN) in October 2013 made a submission to Geneva-based UPR Info on mid-term implementation assessment of recommendations relating to indigenous peoples and minorities made during Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of Nepal in 2011. The assessment involves evaluation of the human rights situation in the country two years after the examination at the UPR for reference during Nepal’s review in second cycle scheduled for 2015.

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Urgent Communication to the European Union Election Observation Mission concerning legal framework for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Elections 2013 and its implementation

21 November 2013

European Union Election Observation Mission – Nepal 2013

Trade Tower, Ground floor, Thapathali, Ward No 11

Kathmandu – Nepal

Re: Urgent Communication concerning legal framework for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Elections 2013 and its implementation 

Dear Sir or Madam:

This urgent communication is respectfully submitted for consideration of the European Union Election Observation Mission – Nepal 2013, under the mandate and objectives of the Mission, concerning the legal framework for Nepal’s Constituent Assembly Elections 2013 and its implementation in relation to representation of indigenous peoples in the Elections and forthcoming Constituent Assembly. More

APPEAL TO URGE THE GOVERNMENT OF INDIA AND GOVERNMENT OF MANIPUR TO PROTECT THE HUMAN RIGHTS OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENDERS OF MANIPUR

Nature of incident: Continued pattern of harassment and intimidation of human rights defenders of Manipur, NE India
Identification of Victim: Mr. Jiten Yumnam, an environmentalist and free lance journalist
Date of Incident: 3 October 2013
Identification of Perpetrator: Manipur Police Commandoes, Imphal West, Government of Manipur
Place of Incident: Imphal, Manipur
Source of Appeal: Citizens Concern for Dams and Development, Committee on the Protection of Natural Resources in Manipur, North East Dialogue Forum, Centre for Research and Advocacy.

Detailed Description of Incident: The targetting of human rights defenders and their organizations for their efforts to promote the right to life, justice remedy, to promote just and participatory forms of development etc in Manpur continues to be a serious form of human rights violations. More

YFIN and IPRAN submit comments on Draft Youth Charter of SAARC

7 Oct 2013

In response to call for comments from Nepal’s Ministry of Youth and Sports, Youth Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (YFIN) Nepal and Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Activists Network (IPRAN) have today submitted comments on the draft of SAARC Youth Charter.

YFIN and IPRAN drew particular attention of the Ministry to the following issues with regards to the Charter :

  1. The Draft Charter largely ignores the diversity of peoples, and hence the youth, in SAARC region. We are particularly concerned about non-recognition of disadvantaged and marginalized groups in the region, including indigenous and tribal peoples, Dalits, sexual minorities, persons with disability, linguistic and religious minorities, among others, in the Draft. Youth from these groups have distinct identity than other youth and have specific needs arising from long-standing marginalization, discrimination, exclusion and oppression against those groups. Thus, we highly suggest, as reflected in our comments, that the Draft obliges State Parties to recognize such diversity, distinct identities of groups and their specific needs and take targeted actions to address those needs.
  2. Further, the Draft Charter proposes for a national mechanism for the implementation of the Charter and a Youth Plan of Action to operationalize the provisions of the Charter. We strongly emphasize that such mechanism and plan of action should ensure full, effective, meaningful and inclusive representation and participation of youth from the country, including those from indigenous and tribal peoples and other disadvantaged and marginalized groups. More

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