Statement of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) on the Implementation of UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) at the 14th session of the UN Permanent Forum of Indigenous Issues (UNPFII)

14th Session of United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues
UN Headquarters, New York
April 27 to May 1, 2015

Statement of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN)
Agenda Item 7 (a): Implementation of United Nations Declaration on Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Thank You Madam Chair,

First of all, as you must have become aware of Nepal’s situation and therefore, we would like to appeal the world for assistance.

I, on behalf of Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, would like to draw the Permanent Forum’s attention to the following issues in relation to human rights situation of indigenous nationalities of Nepal in relation to the statement made by the Government of Nepal earlier in this 14th Session of the Permanent Forum. More

NEPAL: Anti-federalism will lead to confrontation

The way in which the states will be carved, the rights to be allocated to various levels of governance and groups, on the issue of state restructuring, have created heated debates among many sectors. After the State Restructuring Commission’s report failed to bring parties together on the issue, and rather intensify the polarisation, the debates—inside parliament and out—on federalism continue. As Chairman of the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities, Raj Kumar Lekhi has been at the forefront of the debate, speaking on behalf of marginalised communities. Also the Chairman of Tharu Kalyankarini Sabha, Lekhi spoke with Bidushi Dhungel and Gyanu Adhikari about the demands of the marginalised on state-restructuring, the Tharu perspective and the parties’ inability to explain adequately the need for federalism to the people. Excerpts: More

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