9th Human Rights Magna Meet 2017 to begin from Dec 9

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National Human Rights Summit of Persons with Disabilities

Dignitaries attend the National Human Rights Summit of Persons with Disabilities conference organised by the National Federation of Disabled-Nepal (NFD-N) in Kathmandu, on Monday, December 12, 2016. Photo: Monica Lohani

KATHMANDU: The 9th Human Rights Magna Meet 2017 is kicking off in the Capital from Saturday, December 9.

The three-day event would be held on the occasion of 69th International Human Rights Day at the Dillibazar-based Nepal Cultural Association with the theme “equal opportunities for youths and women: base for prosperity and development”.

December 10 is observed as the International Human Rights Day every year.

President Bidya Devi Bhandari is scheduled to inaugurate the magna meet.

Speaking at a press meet here today, event coordinator Lily Thapa said, “The event would evaluate the status of country’s human rights and discuss how to strengthen it in a new federal set-up.”

“Though the constitution has guaranteed the rights of people from all walks of life, rules are yet to be formulated in regard with the implementation of youth and women rights.”

According to Thapa, political parties still seem reluctant to bring women’s rights into practice. She expected support and cooperation from every quarter to make the event successful.

Coordinator of the National Human Rights Magna Meet and rights defender, Suni Lama complained that although the changed political system has tried to make the human rights accessible to the people in tune with the time, the human rights provisions stipulated in the constitution have not been effectively implemented yet due to some technical reasons.

The National Human Rights Commission and the Human Rights Magna Meet Organising Main Committee have been jointly organising this event since the last eight years.

This year, the Magna Meet is going to be coordinated by Women’s Alliance for Peace, Justice and Democracy, Sankalpa and Youth Advocacy Nepal.

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