Kathmandu, December 11
Issuing a 50-point declaration demanding implementation of human rights in the country, the 9th Human Rights National Magna Meet concluded today in Kathmandu.
The declaration issued by the Magna Meet on the occasion of the 69th International Human Rights Day committed to ensure the human rights of every individual as stated by the human rights principles along with equality, humanity and self-esteem, reciprocity, justice, non-violence and self-governance.
The Magna Meet held with the theme ‘Equal opportunities for youths and women: Base for prosperity and development’, has drawn the attention of the state through the declaration in relation to women’s equal participation in the political, economic and cultural fields, end of gender discrimination and human trafficking and protecting victims of gender violence, human rights defenders and the safety of women rights defenders.
Similarly, the deceleration focused on effective implementation of ‘National Youth Policy 2017’ issued for development of youth and demanded that ‘Youth Vision 2025’ be put in place for everyone to enjoy human rights in all situations.
The statement demanded that rights be provided to all citizens and that citizenship be issued freely through the mother’s identity. To end the bad practices of society such as untouchability, chaupadi, dowry system, every youth
should be provided reproductive health services along with education in secondary and higher secondary levels.
Speaking at the programme, Vice-president Nanda Bahadur Pun said that though people have been enjoying human rights in the country, poverty and starvation still exists and it is very challenging for the country to end them.
He said, “Instead of violence against women declining, it has been increasing. Many children are still out of school, youths are migrating due to lack employment opportunities.
A version of this article appears in print on December 12, 2017 of The Himalayan Times.