A high-level national policy dialogue on the constitutional issues of indigenous peoples (IPs) was held in Kathmandu on 6-7 January 2017 with the participation of multi-stake holders, such as IPs leaders, members of parliament, representatives of government, IPs, political leaders, donors, diplomatic missions and National Human Rights Commission (NHRC). This was the first multi-stakeholders high- level dialogue on IPs' rights and the situation of implementation of those rights. The dialogue was concluded with an outcome document that has been shared with the relevant organisations and institutions for further consideration to ensure the rights of IPs in the policy making endeavors.
After the dialogue, significant development took place in the political arena including elections of local, provincial and federal parliaments; enactment of new laws and policies and reform of existing policies are being taking place in order to institutionalize the federalism. Primarily, the dialogue was successful to strengthen network with governmental agencies that eases up for follow up the outcomes of the dialogue.
This follow-up meeting is intended to assess the progress during the one and half years of time period, particularly focusing on lands rights. The follow-up programme will be participated by those institutions and organisation who have attended the national high level policy dialogue.
Lawyers' Association for Human Rights of Nepalese Indigenous Peoples
International Land Coalition
National Engagement Strategy Nepal