Kathmandu. 9 August

Human Rights Treaty Monitoring Coordination Committee (HRTMCC) has issued a statement on the occasion of International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples calling the government to ensure the communities’ representation in decision-making bodies at all levels.

Issuing the statement on 9 August, Rural Reconstruction Nepal, coordinator of the HRTMCC Sub-committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ESCR), on behalf of the coalition members has demanded guarantee of their full enjoyment, without discrimination, of their economic, social and cultural rights.

The statement says that despite of Nepal Government’s commitment towards the international conventions and acceptance of international human rights standards for the protection and promotion of indigenous people’s right, many laws still remain vague and fail to protect the fundamental rights of these peoples.

Public Health Concern Trust (PHECT), Lumanti Support Group of Shelter (LUMANTI), Collective Campaign for Peace (COCAP) and Forest Action Community Self Reliance Centre (CSRC) are the other members of the sub-committee.

Source: INSECONLINE, 9 August 2007