ASD organized an interaction program in collaboration with Disable Empowerment and Communication Center, Nepal (DEC-Nepal)on 'Ensuring the Rights of the Persons in the upcoming Constitution'on 10 and 11 July 2014 in Nepalgunj, Banke. About 35 persons with disability (PWD) from Western and Far Western Region and the government officials and political activists were present in the program.
The regional meeting of PWDs concluded by adopting Nepalgunj declaration which includes the issues of disabilities and minorities to be addressed in the upcoming constitutions. The declaration also includes PWDs issues related to current policies, plans, guidelines and its effective implementation. The government representatives expressed their commitment to implement and cooperate with Community Based Organizations while working on the issues of disabilities.
ASD Education Program in collaboration with Shikshak monthly magazine organized a one-day interaction on “Discussion on School Education and Partisan Politics: Way Ahead?” on July 4, 2014 at Lalitpur. Representatives from political parties, teacher unions, student leaders, educationists, teachers and school management committee participated in the discussion program. The discussion primarily focused on the impact of political interference in the school education, its everyday implication for quality of education in public schools.
ASD Human Rights Program in collaboration with the Madhesh Human Rights Home (MAHURI-Home) organized an interaction program on "Torture and Accountability" in Kapilvastu and Rupandehi on 3 and 4 July 2014 respectively. About 35 human rights defenders, journalists, civil society activists and government representatives participated in the program to explore the issues of torture in Madhesh and seek accountability to prevent and address the issue through dialogue among human rights defenders, torture victims and government authorities. The human rights defenders presented the cases of torture while victims shared their stories. In the program, participants raised the concern of lacunas/ gap in the current Torture Act which has no provision of criminalizing torture. The discussions were followed by the responses from the government authorities who expressed their commitment to minimize the torture in their respective districts.
A one day interaction program on 'Justice and Post 2015 Development Framework in Nepal' was organized with civil society members on June 4, 2014 at Lalitpur. Organizations and ndividuals working on justice, human rights and women's right issues discussed on the Post 2015 discourse at the international community level and pursued to develop a collective strategy to advocate for 'Justice' and 'Legal Identity' as one of the stand alone and integrated goals to be included in Post 2015 Development Framework. In the program, Joint Secretary of National Planning Commission, Officiating Secretary of National Human Rights Commission and Chair of ASD Board were also present at the discussion.
ASD Human Rights Program supported the Regional Conference of Human Rights Defenders organized at Biratnagar on 7 and 8 June 2014. About 250 human rights defenders from 14 districts of the eastern region of Nepal attended the conference. The conference aimed to build synergy among the human rights defenders of the eastern region for the effective protection, promotion and fulfillment of human rights. At the end of the conference, 11 point declaration focused on the demand and challenges of the human rights defenders in the regions was released.
At the same time, the defenders also demanded local election to be held immediately to mitigate the vacuum in the local level and effective policing to minimize violence against women at the community level. Senior Human Rights Activist, Sushil Pyakurel stressed on the need for political parties to become human rights friendly and accountable towards the past human rights violations to end the culture of impunity.