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 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.
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.
ASD Human rights program supported a half day interaction program organized by Accountability Watch Committee(AWC) on 17 March 2014 in Kathmandu. The program was organized to disseminate the decision of the Supreme Court made on 02 January 2014 on Transitional Justice in Nepal. 80 participants including Mr. Narahari Acharya, Minister of Law, Justice, Constituent Assembly and Parliamentary Affairs, Journalists, Human Rights activists and Conflict Victims were present at the program. In the program, Mr. Acharya assured that the replacement bill drafted will not compromise with the fundamental principles of transitional justice.
ASD Human Rights program organized a 'Reflection Workshop' from 22-24 February 2014 at Bharatpur, Chitwan to share experiences of the transition and engagement of human rights defenders in the field of human rights. The purpose of the workshop was to reflect about the human rights movement in Nepal and form strategies in line with the emerging challenges of human rights violation / abuses and lack of rule of law. 15 human rights defenders from all five development regions of Nepal participated in the workshop and raised the contemporary human rights challenges in personal and working spheres.
In collaboration with Centre for Human Rights and Democracy, Alliance for Social Dialogue organized a 'Human Rights Orientation Course' from 17 -21 January, 2014 at Kathmandu for human rights activists, lawyers and educationist . The course highlighted on the fundamental issues of human rights interlinking with democracy and rule of law and helped enrich the participants' understanding on contemporary human rights issues and provided the ability to link intellectual knowledge and practice in the human rights field. The course involved participants from inside and outside of Kathmandu.