62nd International Human Rights Day observed
With the international theme for the year 2010 - "Speak up: Stop Discrimination", the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took the lead to organise various programmes to mark the 62nd International Human Rights Day on 10 December, supported by the UNDP Strengthening the Capacity of the NHRC (SCNHRC) project.
In a programme organised at the National Human Rights Commission Office to mark the day, Honourable Home Minister, Mr. Bhim Rawal as the Chief Guest expressed his commitment for the inclusion of basic human rights including the Economic, Social and Cultural Rights of the people in the would-be Constitution.
Former Chief Justice, Mr. Kedar Nath Upadhyay, as the Chairperson of the NHRC stated that extra laws and constitutional provisions are not the only solution to put the problems of caste discrimination and 'untouchability' to an end.
He further stated, "the political parties and the Government must assume the responsibility to work together in cooperation with the civil societies involving their party workers campaigning from village to village and door to door, to abolish such evil practices."
Chairperson Upadhyay also expressed the urgency to form the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and the Commission on Inquiry of Disappearance already tabled in the legislative assembly.
About a dozen human rights organisations took out rallies in the streets of Kathmandu in the morning to mark the Human Rights Day.
In addition, the day was marked by the regional offices of the NHRC around the country.
The SCNHRC project also supported the Human Rights Organisations' Alliance to publish and disseminate pamphlets for wider advocacy of human rights.