Rights Campaign in Newaland

  • Posted Date: August 01, 2016
  • Post By: LAHURNIP

Aftermath of promulgation of the Constitution of Nepal, 2015 the Newars of Kathmandu valley, historically Newaland, intensively engaged in protests against the discriminatory provisions of the Constitution that curtails the rights of indigenous and other historically marginalised communities.

Newars in Kathmandu valley staged series of rights campaign in Kathmandu valley. The campaign activities include interactions, orientations, peaceful demonstrations, submission of memorandums to the concerned stakeholders and so on. Furthermore door to door visits, sit-ins were also the protest activities.  

As other indigenous communities their crucial demands were right to self-determination, self-rule, autonomy, recognition of customary laws & practices and demarcation of federal units based on identity. Besides that that effective implementation of ILO Convention No 169 and United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples was also central demands of the campaign.

At the meantime, LAHURNIP has analysed the constitution identifying 29 clauses discriminatory, 49 exclusionary and 11 against IPs. During the Campaign IPs human rights defenders, intellects, leaders and general public were mobillised.  

The Campaign went for 3 months, January to March 2016, also succeeded to receive solidarity and support from other marginalised communities such as Dalits, Madhesis. Same rights campaigns were also replicated to the eastern part of Nepal.