New statute should favour marginalised: NHRC chair

KATHMANDU: Kedar Nath Upadhyaya, Chairperson of National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) said that the new constitution should be in favour of the marginalised and minorities.

Inaugurating a two-day workshop on 'Social Inclusion and Empowerment of Disadvantaged Groups', organised by NHRC, he appealed the Constituent Assembly members to realise the importance of social inclusion and equality in the new constitution. "An inclusive participatory rule is preferred to majority rule" said Upadhyaya.

Inclusive participatory state mechanism was pertinent to address the issue of minorities, he added. He also stressed that the aspiration of Jana Andolan II would be materialised if the issues of minority and the marginalised people was addressed. "The new constitution should guarantee rights of such people and ensure effective implementation of the same" he added.

Bishal Khanal, Secretary, NHRC, said that every member of the society should be treated equally. "There should be equal recognition, protection as well treatment of all member of the society when it comes to formulating policies and providing opportunities," he said.

On the occasion, various speakers underscored the need of addressing the issue of social inclusion while promulgating the new constitution.