Religious Liberty Forum (RLF) and Dharmik Chautari (DC) Nepal drew attention of parliamentarians on full religious freedom in the country. Nepal being declared as secular country in 2007, now has institutionalized through its new constitution- 2015. DC and RLF again welcomed it as a new progressive constitution. In this regards, DC and RLF further made aware of some of the controversial activities being done in the name of Christian.
Taking advantage of deplorable situation of country, there has been involvement of different actors with different motives. Similarly, some sects in the name of Christianity, has been acting for impulsive evangelization and triggering social discord. They are attacking on our culture and irritating public on the base of their faith. These kinds of groups are increasing with the motive of manipulating true Christianity. We should be aware of them on time.
There has been series of discussion over Nepalese constitution and freedom of religion or belief. Religious leaders, media personal, legal workers, human rights activist has been constantly expressing concerns over controversial explanations of Nepalese secularism.
It has been over a year, team of inter religious groups that includes major religious groups, Hindu, Muslim, Shikh, Bahai, Buddhist and Christian is not only limited within Nepal to spread message about religious freedom via main stream and social medias, also been to Geneva and actively participated in international advocacies at United Nations and Diplomatic Missions.
Re-declaring Nepal as a secular country has brought happiness at the same time fear and confusion among religious minorities. As Constitution Assembly passed the bill of country declaring secularism, three churches in East Nepal blasted at night on 15 September. A newly formed fundamentalist group called Hindu Morcha claimed the blast. No casualties reported but local polices were injured while trying to defuse third bomb in different Church. Morcha further threaten public not to send their children school and do not make long trips, stay at home with required provision of household needs, as they will strike again national wide. (http://kathmandupost.ekantipur.com/news/2015-09-15/bombs-explode-at-jhapa-churches.html
A terror created by Hindu Morcha is spread among religious minorities in east Nepal now.
The myth or reality (?) of Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) and Committee on Enforce Disappearance (CED) brought civil society organizations, human rights defenders, advocates and conflict victims together to express their gross concern over controversial provisions in TRC-Act in a UPR consultation meeting at Capital Kathmandu.
The Act was passed in parliament by the support from major political party’s whip to favor in April 2014 that provides power to grant amnesty even to those who are involved in crime under international law. Act also prohibits legal action in mediated cases, do not recognize the rights of reparation and promote reconciliation on serious human rights violations. Despite the appeal from common platform of victims, president approved the Act in May 2014.
10 Jan, 2015| Kathmandu, Nepal
Nepali youth marched in the Capital, demanding promulgation of human rights friendly new constitution. Street discussion is being organized in front of Constitution Assembly hall.
A consultative meeting was organized by coalition of more than twenty national level civil societies NGOs funded by Pax Romana.
Around forty religious leaders from (Hindu, Christian and Bahai), media person, educators and organizational leaders have expressed their concerns about policy and legal provision regarding religious freedom in Nepal.Rights to freedom of practice of religious minority are challenged due to the wider cultural practice based on religious majority.
‘Art and cultural practices are constraining religious rights’ said Mr. Lok Mani Dhakal; a member of Constitutional Assembly. “Republic system itself is not in favour of minority because of two third voting provisions”- he added.
Mr. Raju Pradhan, a Nepali Christian professional made a paper presentation about the religious issues and constitutional/legal provision for freedom of belief and practice.
After being involved in an international students’ movement for more than a decade, the university students from Nepal graduated and as young professionals, grew in the spirit of local and global solidarity, continued the discourse and action for the holistic transformation of society. And after much reflection, consultation and analysis thus ICAN was formed in the year 2012 when Nepal was in great period of political transformation.
ICAN-Nepal is a community-based social movement consisting of intellectuals and students who constantly and steadily offer themselves in continuous researches and action via experimental new techniques of integral development. It is truly a non profitable and nongovernmental but a critical charitable social movement, which stands as an agent of transformation of present society into an idealistic state, hoping to create a world of justice, peace and joy in a universal manner.
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The overall objective of Community Rapid HIV Testing and Treatment Program 2014 is a regular program and inform on the importance of HIV testing, counsel, promote condom use, test and link into the HIV care and support continuum to the people of high risk areas in Kathmandu Valley. It is estimated that about 300 people are tested per month and advocate to the government for the inclusion of rapid community HIV testing module in the national response to the epidemics.