7th Human Rights National Magna Meet from tomorrow

Kathmandu, December 7

National Human Rights Commission and Human Rights National Magna Meet main organising committee are jointly organising a three-day long 7th Human Rights National Magna Meet-2015 from December 9 in Kathmandu on the occasion of the 67th International Human Rights Day-2015.

According to organisers, 1,200 participants such as rights defenders working in the human rights sector, subject experts and representatives from various local, national and international organisations from the centre, region and districts will be involved in the event.

National Human Rights Magna Meet main organising committee has been organising this programme for the past six months for protection of human rights of the general Nepalese, democracy, peace and long term development.

This year, the programme is being organised in coordination with Beyond Beijing Committee, a non-governmental organisation working for women rights, with the slogan ‘human rights and inclusiveness; equal women participation in all sector and level of state’.

Speaking at a press conference organised here today Shanta Laxmi Shrestha, coordinator of Human Rights National Magna Meet-2015, said there will be extensive discussion on various issues such as women empowerment to achieve Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), SDGs and Sexual and Reproductive health rights and women rights campaign in Nepal in the first phase after the inauguration session.

Shrestha, who is also chairperson of Beyond Beijing Committee, said that on the second day, they will be organising a huge human rights rally from Exhibition Road to Shanti Batika from 7:30am and various programmes will be held at Nepal Police Club.

She further said that on the last day there will be a human rights exhibition.

“Collecting the conclusions of the discussions, the meet will end by issuing the Kathmandu Declaration-2015 to draw the attention of Nepal government,” she said. She informed that during the inauguration session of the Magna Meet, the first woman president Bidhya Devi Bhandari and the first woman speaker Onsari Gharti will be felicitated.

Similarly, human rights activists, who have made significant contribution to their sector will be handed over with awards during the Magna Meet-2015.

During the press meet, Krishna Waiba, secretary, Beyond Beijing Committee, human rights activists Charan Prasain and Krishna Subedi spoke about the objectives of the meet.

They stated that at a time when a difficult human rights situation was prevailing in the country, the magna meet will prove helpful in protecting human rights.