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Don’t use children in protests: NHRC

Himalayan News Service
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Lalitpur, September 13

National Human Rights Commission today drew the attention of all concerned to avoid using children in bandhs, strikes and protest activities and allow academic institutions to run without any obstruction.

Talking to representatives of various educational organisations and guardians today, Anup Raj Sharma, president, NHRC, said education is a fundamental right of students and hence no one should violate this right.

Stating that the commission has always been raising its voice for the rights of students, he said, “The government and all others concerned should not obstruct classes in educational institutions.”

He said the commission has been continuously monitoring human rights violations in the ongoing protests in various Tarai districts.

“Use of children in protest activities is against internationally accepted principles,” he added.

During the discussion, PABSON President Lachhe Bahadur KC, NPABSAN President Karna Bahadur Shahi, HISSAN Vice-president Ramesh Silwal, Guardians Association of Nepal President Suprabhat Bhandari and others urged NHRC to take initiative to open schools in the bandh-affected districts to ensure children’s right to education.

GAN President Bhandari accused the government of taking no initiative to open schools and colleges in the bandh-affected districts.

A version of this article appears in print on September 14, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.

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