Human Rights Defenders Regional Conference Held Issuing Eight-Point Manifesto
The Human Rights Defenders regional conference was held in Dadeldhura on September 18 issuing an eight-points manifesto demanding government to guarantee self dignity and security of Human Rights defenders, drawing attention of NHRC to provide ID card for them, immediate implementation of human rights act etc.
The program was organized by Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) regional office Dhangadhi in Dadeldhura on September 17 and manifesto was issued on behalf of the human rights activists participated in the program.
Speaking at the inaugurating session, District court judge Dev Kumar Giri of Dadeldhura said that the human rights defenders must raise their issues in such a way that it can protects human rights of both victim and accused. He showed his concern over the trend of not protection of human rights of accused while speaking or writing on behalf of victim.
INSEC executive director Bijaya Raj Gautam said that Human Rights defenders must work with in the boundary of code of conduct and state must protect Human Rights defenders. He showed his concern over the recent trend on taking everything on its own hand in the name of Human Rights activists. He added that if worked with in the boundary of code of conduct, one can survive from possible risk.
Chief District Officer Udaya Bahadur Singh stressed that it is state’s responsibility to protect, promote human rights however, aware community, civil society and various organizations also has an equal responsibility to work jointly.
DSP Prem Bahadur Shahi of DPO Dadeldhura said that the organization is committed to protect the Human Rights of the people and said that police is working in a joint coordination with human rights activists and organizations.
INSEC far-western regional coordinator Khadga Raj Joshi said that there is not that challenges for human rights defender at present as compared to the decade long armed conflict era however there are indirect threat or risks for them.
Speaking at the program most of the participants said that they faces threat and risks as they do not have any proof to prove themselves that they are Human Rights Defenders.
Representative Mohan Dev Joshi of NHRC regional office, Dhangadhi, said that human rights defender are not above the law and they should work with in the boundary of their code of conduct.
INSEC Regional Office, Dhangadhi
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