13 parties issue white paper on untouchabilityRSS,
KATHMANDU, Jan. 1, 2005: Thirteen political parties of the country have made collective commitment against untouchability and caste discrimination.
KATHMANDU, Jan. 1, 2005: Thirteen political parties of the country have made collective commitment against untouchability and caste discrimination.A white paper issued Friday aims at celebrating 2005 as Elimination of Untouchability Year and the years 2005-2015 as Untouchability Elimination Decade.
The parties making the commitment are the Nepali Congress, CPN-UML, NC-D, RPP, NSP, NWPP, Janamorcha Nepal, CPN-ML, NSP-Anandidevi , CPN-Marxist, Nepal Samata Party, Hariyali Nepal Party and the Nepal Dalit Sramik Morcha.
Speaking on the occasion were representatives of various organisations. The programme was presided over by Lancau Nepal and Human Rights and Environment Protection Nepal (HUREP). The programme was presided over by advocate Ratna Bahadur Bagchand.
|Lawyers’ unanimous against untouchability
|Tuesday, November 30,2004
KATHAMNDU: The two-day gathering of LANCAU NEPAL in the capital on Sunday came out with a 16-point Kathmandu Declaration against ‘untouchability’.
Some 150 lawyers gathered for the conference since Saturday, announced solidarity in the fight against caste-based untouchability and pledged to help create a just and equitable society.
They declared that all forms of racial, apartheid and caste-based discrimination such as untouchability would be criticized henceforth and that the ills of society would be eradicated.
Concluding that caste-based untouchability and discrimination, as well as apartheid behavior were scientifically wrong, condemnable in a civilized society, and dangerous and punishable in the eyes of the law, the lawyers said they would strive to eradicate them in joint effort with the government and civil society.
They also declared that no lawyer would encourage the practice of untouchability or apartheid behavior hereafter. The lawyers also pledged that they would not practice the same in their personal or family lives.
The declaration also says that the government should come up with a law to eradicate caste-based untouchability from society and honor all international commitments related to it. The lawyers also collectively pledged to eradicate untouchability in their professional lives and at their workplaces.
One point of the declarations reads: ‘Declaring that the Dalits comprise the largest victims of apartheid behavior and caste-based untouchability, the government should immediately announce a “special” program for their upliftment and development’.