ASD in collaboration with OSF grantee Disabled Empowerment and Communication Centre (DECC) Nepal organized a half day interaction program on "Inclusion of Persons with Disabilities in the Electoral Process" on 24 March 2013 in Kathmandu. The objective of the program was to raise the concerns of the persons with disabilities in the election process. A total of 56 persons with disabilities, representatives from Election Commission, National Human Rights Commission, Lawyers, Journalists and Political Parties were present at the program.
DECC Nepal in coordination with National Federation of Disabled Nepal prepared and submitted a memorandum to the Election Commissioner and Home Ministry mainly regarding the issues of political representation, inclusion in voters list, access to voter education and access to polling stations in the proposed Constitution Assembly Election.
The ASD organized “Training on Human Rights” from 04-08 February 2013 at Chitwan with the aim to build the capacity of human rights defenders/activists working in different districts. The objective of the program was to impart in-depth knowledge to participants on the human rights norms and practices and to develop an informed pool of human rights activists and facilitators.
To express strong dissatisfaction over the ordinance proposed on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, ASD in coordination with Accountability Watch Committee (AWC) organized a half day discussion program on 05 September, 2012 in Kathmandu with human rights activists, lawyers, journalists, members of civil society and conflict vicitims. The objective of the program was to raise concern on the process and content of the proposed ordinances which undermines the rights to justice of the victim and which was prepared without consulation with the victims and the civil society members.
The ASD organized a "Training of Trainers on Human Rights" from 05-08 July, 2012 at Bhedetar, Dhankuta with the aim of building capacity of human rights defenders/activists working in different districts. The training was focused on human rights norms, principles and provisions of national and international human rights instruments.The objectives of the program was to impart in-depth knowledge to participants on the concept of human rights and provisions of major international human rights instrument and to develop an informed pool of human rights activists and facilitators.
The training was facilitated by experts from Nepal and India.
A team of human rights activists led by ASD chair, Sushil Pyakurel visited Ghorakhori village of Okhaldhunga district from 22 to 24 September 2011 to participate in a program on impunity and transitional justice jointly organized by Guru Luitel Study and Development Centre (GLSDC) and the ASD. Ghorakhori is the place, where Guru Luitel, a teacher of Gyanprakash Higher Secondary School, was killed on 23 September 2003 following his abduction on 8 September 2003 by the Maoists.
The family members of late Luitel have filed a case at Okhaldhunga District Court against the murderers, and the court has issued arrest-notice in the name of the accused persons but nobody has been arrested.
The program was organized to raise collective voice against impunity and exert pressure on concerned parties/authorities to be responsible to respect human rights and address the issues of impunity and justice. District level political leaders, human rights activists, lawyers, representatives of the OHCHR Nepal, conflict victims and journalists participated in the program.
A discussion program on Jurisdiction of Transitional Justice Mechanisms was organized in coordination with Accountability Watch Committee in Kathmandu. The program aimed at raising collective voice from all sides against impunity, which has been ingrained in Nepal, and drawing attention of the authorities concerned to establish transitional justice mechanisms soon.