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National HR Conference concluded

 The 3rd National Human Rights Conference 2012 organized by Human Rights Alliance has been concluded on December 17 advocating to end the current political deadlock and urged to form the national consensus government as soon as possible.

 National Human Rights Conference was organized after successfully completing the 5 Regional Human Rights Conferences in the 5 development regions of the country last month.  The main objective of National Conference was to initiate a dialogue between national stakeholders with regards to the current political deadlock, and to deal with the emerging issues of human rights to include post-conflict justice. The conference will also bring to the foreground burning human rights issues form the local level which were raised during the recent regional conferences.

 The National Conference urged to the government to form the monitoring mechanism to deal with transitional justice issue where the secretariat should be placed National Human Rights Comssiosn (NHRC). Impunity and post conflict justice was the top agendas of the declaration. Minority, Marginalized communities, women’s rights, protection of the rights of the HRDs, economic, social and cultural rights and press freedom are raised strongly by the declaration.

 Addressing the conference, former Prime Minister Madhav Kumar Nepal has said that the social and economic rights have to be raised by the Human Rights Defender (HRDs). "If the country gets more economic prosperity then the human rights situation will automatically improve "he added.  

  Speaking at the conference, Ganesh BK , Chairperson of Human Rights Alliance said that Human Rights Alliance is trying to reach in every village of the country  through "One VDC , One Human Rights Defenders" to support the people's rights at the local level.  

 Likewise, Former Finance Minister and leader of Nepali Congress Dr. Ram Sharan Mahat said that human rights are always fragile unless there is stable government in the country. He also added, “due to weak governing system the rights of the people are always in vain".

 In the opening session, leaders of major political parties, civil society leaders, and local human rights activists from 75 districts, national and international human rights organizations, bilateral and multilateral donors, women, Dalit, Janajati, family members of conflict victims, and other minorities were among the participation.

In the second day of the conference some of the lead presentations representing critical views from diverse stakeholders on human rights and social justice were presented where the local human rights defenders took part in the discussion. 

Kathmandu, December 18 - 2012

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