Human rights

Human rights

Human rights are universal, and civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights belong to all human beings, including members of minority groups. Members of minorities are entitled to the realization of all human rights and fundamental freedoms on equal terms with others in society, without discrimination of any kind. Minorities — both the individuals belonging to minorities and the minorities as groups — also enjoy certain human rights specifically linked to their minority status, including their right to maintain and enjoy their culture, religion, and language free from discrimination. The human rights of minorities are explicitly set out in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the International Covenants, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, the Declaration on the Rights of Persons Belonging to National or Ethnic, Religious or Linguistic Minorities and other widely adhered to international human rights treaties and Declarations.

Debate on state restructuring in general and federalism in particular is not welcoming wider segment of minorities in the process. Minorities have sacrificed during all movements and revolts for democracy, right and federalism. Their agenda, unfortunately, slipped under the carpet during peace process or democratization or transition to federalism in the country. Exclusion of minorities in the state organs have led to marginalization of minorities’ participation or agenda setting in the mainstream of Nepal’s civil society and human rights movements. Some political parties attempt to stand with and for minorities but their organizational setups are posing huge gap between the manifesto and actions. Highly politicization of minority rights movements in Nepal is another challenge which tends to weaken rights movements where minority leaders may have access to some privileges but the population at grass root have to pay the price. 

What does SNP do?

  • Raising awareness on minority rights agenda though open public discussions, traditional means of communication, e.g. street theatre and electronic medias, e.g. radio and TV.

  • Capacity building of minority rights advocates and activists to participate meaningfully in the dialogue of state restructuring and federalism.

  • Policy advocacy with the statutory bodies and other state agencies to protect and promote the rights of minorities.

  • Promote role of minority women in women rights movements such as in realization of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 and 1820.

  • Organization of national and international roundtables and workshops to share information, establish networking and develop collaborative actions to promote and protect the rights of minorities.

  • Knowledge exchange on peaceful ways and means of protecting and promoting the rights of persons belonging to minorities in transitional settings.