“International Youth Day 2015: Youth Civic Engagement” being Marked

At Kathmandu, JCYCN in collaboration with the Ministry of Youth and Sport organized and interaction program in “Youth Vision 2025: Youth participation in rebuilding post earthquake in Nepal” on 11th August, 2015 to mark IYD 2015. Chief Guest for the program included Mr. Purusottam Paudel, Minister for Youth and Sports, the Government of Nepal. Other guests included Mr. Yogandra Shahi Task force coordinator Youth vision 2025, Pradip Paudel, Ms Rachana Khadka Central committee member UML youth leader Ghanashyam Panday JCYCN has coordinated with the following organizations for the program UNOY Netherland, IPYG South Korea, YES Nepal, Green foundation Nepal, Dynamic Youth Forum (DYF), ARF Nepal, YUVA Mauritius, RPYC, Yuwalaya, CMDRR Forum, ESDO Nepal, and Rupantaran Nepal.

The entire guest echoed about the magnificent role of youth during the time of earthquake relief and vocal about the need of addressing the role of youth in reconstruction in Youth Vision 2025. There were 70 youth participants. The program was chaired by Mr. Amrit Devkota and facilitated by Mr. Tilottam Paudel. Chief guest for the program Mr. purusottam Paudel minister of Youth and Sports stated that youth are the pillar for the development of a country hence they play a vital role in the development of the a country. Additionally, Mr Pradip Paudel and Ms Khadka stressed about the implementation of youth policy and vowed about the need of youth participation from local to national level policy making. Along with that Mr. Shahi stated that the urgency of the implementation of youth policy along with youth vision 2025 as soon as possible. During the ending of the program, there were a questionnaire session among the participants and guest regarding youth participation and reconstruction.

In the same day JCYCN along with 20 other youth led organizations organized a youth march from Brikuti Mandap to Shanti Batika with a slogan of meaningful participation of youth in reconstruction with around 700 youth participating in the march. The program was addressed by young social leaders such as Mr. Tilottam Paudel, Naran Khatiwoda, BidhyaSagar panday, Prakash jawala Polit bureau member of UML Party, Ms Anita Parirar of United Maoist party and Ramhari Khatiwoda CA Member of Nepali Congress.

On 12th August, JCYCN collaborated with World Youth Foundation and the Government of Nepal in coordination with Nepal Friendship Society to organize an interaction program on “Youth Engagement and Development” with 50 youth participants. The program was organized by Echo Change Nepal, Leo Club of Chitwan Innovative, The Eco Minions, Raise Hands Nepal, Cleanup Nepal Chitwan, Club of Environment Science Saptagandaki (CESS) and Who Does if we won’t. Other major events JCYCN participated with are National Youth Award ceremony being organized by the Ministry of youth and sport in collaboration with other organizations and an umbrella walk being organized by AYON in collaboration with other youth led orgnaizations.

At Nawalparasi, JCYCN collaborated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports organized a discussion program on “Role of youth and children in making School environment friendly” at Manakamana Primary School Devchuli-9. The organizer included Youth for Change Nepal, Pragatinagar Community Library and Resource Centre Youth leadership sub-committee. The guests for the program included Mr. Bikash Kc Treasurer Distirict Sport’s development committee, former member of the same committee Mr. Dipesh Khanal, member of school management committee, students and teachers. In another program JCYCN coordinated with the Ministry of Youth and Sports to participate in the program “Awareness rasing against drug abuse” being organized by Active Group in Social Works Nepal at Somnath Baba Higher Secondary School and Lumbani Higher Secondary School. Similarly the program with the same objective was organized in other four schools of Devchuli municipality, Nawalparasi to mark International Youth Day with a youth march. There were 100 participants holding play cards with slogans such as “youth participation in peace and constitution making process”, “implementation of youth policy” being inscripted. Meanwhile, the speakers for the program praised the role of youth during and after the earthquake in relief and rebuilding of nation and avowed to work for addressing the issues of youth.

International Day of Non-Violence 2013 Celebrated !

On 2nd October, 2013, marked the International Day of  Non-Violence, the birthday of  Mahatma Gandhi, leader of the Indian independence movement and pioneer of the philosophy and strategy of non-violence.

Global Peace Foundation (GPF Nepal) Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN), Eco Social Development Organization (ESDO) Nepal commemorates the occasion through a talk program to disseminate the message of non-violence through education and public awareness. The program with the theme of “Culture of Peace: A National Prosperity through Non-Violence Movement” has gathered more than 150 peace loving people. The program was inaugurated by the chief guest Chancellor Til Bikram Nemang (Biragi Kaila), Nepal Academy and the program chairman was Hon. Ram Hari Joshy, Former Education Minister.

In his opening remarks,  Er. Ram Rohan Panta, President of GPF Nepal, welcomed the participants of the program and talked about how GPF movement works for peace and development.

While,  Mr. Uttam Sanjel a social activist and founder of Samata School Initiative, explained the definition of violence in different ways. He said human need is unlimited but there is a scarcity of resources all over the world. So it creates conflict which ultimately shows the violence. He as well criticized the situation of some educationist being violent.

Mrs. Sushma Baskota an advocate agreed with Mr. Sanjel. She praised and explained the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi and said, “Nepal Constitution of  Ministry hasn’t been in a commanding position”.

Mr. Shyam Kazi Dotel,  District Representative, Nepal Red Cross Society,  said  that people should not make dispute in the name of religion. There should not be any conflict among the religion. Through non-violence movement peace can be achieved.

Mrs. Indira Manandhar, President, Religion for Peace, shared, “One must practice peaceful environment from the family itself. The parents should teach the importance of peace to their children.

Mrs. Eliane Castro Smith,  DCA, South Asia;  Dr. Bishwa Keshar Maske, Central Vice-President, Nepal Red-Cross Society; Ms. Gauri Pradhan, Former Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission, Nepal; Er. Ganesh Shah, Former Minister of Science & Technology & Environment; and  Sh. Ashish Sinha, Director, Indian Cultural Centre, Embassy of India were among the guest speakers.

Dr. Ram Dayal Rakesh  (Coordinator of Multilingual Poem);  Tilottam Poudel, (President JCYN Nepal); Krishna K Pandey, (President UTTAN Nepal); Mr. Jeetu Khadka, (YSP Nepal) and Gyandra Adhikari, (President, Common Concern Nepal) were also present as guests honor.

The program was co-organized by Devkota Study Foundation, Nepal Red Cross Society Kathmandu Branch, UTTHAN, Service for Peace, YSP-Nepal,AYON, , Peace Friendship Society, GPYC Nepal, World Without Anger Nepal, Common Concern Nepal

Poems and songs depicting peace were also performed during the program.

International Peace Day Celebrated in Kathmandu – 2013

20 and 21 Sep 2013, Kathmandu

International Day of Peace was celebrated from 19th to 21st September 2013 With the theme ‘Peace and Education; Aspiration of Prosperous Nepal’  The Program was organized with the initiation of JCYCN and ESDO Nepal and co-organized by  other organizations such as Utthan, Global peace foundation Nepal, AYON, Nagarik Aawaz, The white zone Nepal, Asian Resource Foundation Nepal (ARF-Nepal), Nepal FM, and youth for youth. During these three days, various programs were held in Kathmandu such as Mangal path in Pasupatinath temple, Peace rally in Kathmandu, interaction program in Mega College, and the inauguration of Guheswori Peace Park. Although Nepal has emerged from a decade long violent conflict, Nepal is still not at positive peace. Although no party are in war with a state but the rising differences among the various caste groups in society in political sphere has echoed on the presence of negative peace in Nepali society. Hence to bring together people of multiple groups to celebrate international peace day should be considered as an initiation of JCYC-Nepal and other organizations to restore positive peace in society.

The main event of the programs was the peace rally from Ratna Park to Babarmahal in 20th September 2013 held on Kathmandu. After the rally an Interaction program was organized in Mega College, Babarmahal; Kathmandu. It was co- organized by JCYCN, Global peace foundation Nepal, UTTHAN, AYON, ESDO Nepal, The White zone Nepal, Nepal Cultural and Educational foundation, Nepal FM, Youth for Youth, and Sidhartha Multiple College. The chief guest of the program was Mr. Bharat Acharya (assistant secretary of ministry of Peace), special guest was Mr. Vedh bd. Karki and other guest included Dr. Chuda bd. Shrestha, Mr. K.K. Pandey, Mr. Tilottam Paudel. Mr. Kiran Bohora, and etc. This interaction program was based on the slogan “Education for Peace; Students Initiatives towards Sustainable Development.”

President of JCYCN Mr. Tilottam Paudel gave a welcome speech to all the participants and the guests. He stressed upon sustainable education bring peace in a country therefore to develop the peace, education system must be developed. And further stressed upon the correlation education and peace stating a slogan, “Peace and Education is the need for the prosperous Nation.” Furthermore Mr. Raju Bastola, the co-coordinator of Youth for Youth stressed upon youth being a future seed who need enough care that they can give quality fruits in future.

Then after, a brief presentation on the overall history concept and the practices of the peace was showcased by Dr. Chuda Bahadur Shrestha. He remembered his days when he first came to Kathmandu from Biratnagar with only Rs 20. In his opinion, he was not satisfied with the context of peace not only in Nepal but in whole South Asia. He stressed upon the state of peace being an abstract concept, however to maintain sustainable peace, various factors need to be looked upon such as societal equity, democracy, resource accessibility etc. He also mentioned that in South Asia, the state of peace is under constant threat due to the social factors such as girl child feticide, child marriage, and sexual violence to girls and female. He presented a recent case of child sexual abuse in India, “The Nirvaya case and lamented upon the irony of world greatest peace builders such as Gautam Buddha, Mahatma Gandi were born in this reason, however still a sustainable peace is a faraway dream for this region.

Additionally, Mr. Sarad Chandra Neupane (Asian Academy for Peace, Research and development) presented on “the Post conflict of Peace building in Nepal.” He further discussed about the causes of conflicts, four dimensions of the issues of the peace building, and the probable solutions for the positive peace. As soon as, the presentation by concluded the chief guest distributed a token of peace to the respected guests. They were Mr. Vedh Bahadur Karki, Mr. Sarad Chandra Neupane, Mr. Tilottam Paudel, Mr. K. K. Pandey, Mr. Chuda bahadur Shrestha, Mr. Kiran Bohara, and Mr. Lok hari Dahal.

On a concluding remark Mr. K. K. Pandey thanked all the co organizers and the whole participants for attending the program. The program was held successfully.

Women Violence in Nepal

Tilottam Paudel

Nepal is party to seven of the nine core international human rights treaties and the four Geneva Conventions. These form a framework prohibiting, among other things, gender-based violence against women at all times. Despite of all these international treaties women and girls continue to suffer disproportionately from violence, both in peacetime and during armed conflict, by the hands of family members, intimate partners, community members and State agents. The violence is often of a sexual nature. The perpetrators of violence against women often escape punishment and its victims rarely receive reparation. This is due to, instead of taking responsibility; States frequently ignore or deny violence against women, or justify the abuse with a reference to “culture”.

According to WOREC record, this year (2012), 152 women were killed, 211 women were raped, 12 committed suicide, 23 women were raped by family members and 75 women were alleged as witchcraft accusation. This shows rape and other kinds of violence against women are prevalent in Nepal. Among all these cases of VAW, there are very rare cases where the victims succeeded to get justice. INSEC Nepal Human Rights Yearbook 2012 recorded 272 cases of domestic violence, 114 polygamy cases, 111 rapes, 54 witchcraft accusation cases, 31sexual abuses and 30 cases of women trafficking. 379 girls under the age of 18 were affected due to VAW. There could be many more other hidden cases which have not come out yet. Such situation is not acceptable for any Nepalese who struggled to establish democracy and gender equality in Nepal.

It is widely felt that officials from government institutions have been protecting perpetrators of Saraswati Subedi’s death, Chori Maiya Maharjan’s disappearance and many more. For a few days now, there have been protests against government neglect and a number of demands have been presented to the prime minister by the Youths, Human Right Activists, Women Right Activists, journalists, publics, professionals, Musicians, artists. This is due to the lack of the government’s response towards crimes against all the women violence. For instance, cases of Sita Rai (name changed), Shiwa Hashmi, Saraswati Subedi, Chori Maiya Maharjan and Bindu Thakur have been pending without any progress. These above women and girl were victimized during the period where we are just on the campaign to eliminate VAW with the slogan Violence Against Women for zero Tolerance level. That’s why protestors demanded, a monitoring committee should be formed consisting of members from the Women’s Right Commission, families of the victims, Lawyers, Human Rights Commission and Civil Society’s member. If investigations and prosecutions into these crimes are held properly, there is a chance that this moment will become a watershed in the way the government deals with crimes against women.

During the protests and occupying Baluwatar campaign, youths from various sectors like youth organizations, college students etc. were involved for demanding justice and security. Though the cause for protest was reasonable, Nepal Police intervene in the peaceful protest and arrested numbers of youths and youth leaders. This is considered as suppression of peaceful protest for rights and justice by the state.

Government has promised to table the demands before a cabinet meeting but nothing happened. The demands are perfectly reasonable; indeed they represent the minimum justice and security that citizens can expect in a democratic polity. We hope that the Cabinet wholeheartedly endorses the   demands.

In the process of investigation and prosecution, that will now hopefully take place, there is one aspect that deserves attention above all. This is to prevent the corporate groups to which the perpetrators belong, from seeking to cover up the crimes and protect them. So, continuous public vigilance is needed for prosecution of the guilty, which is also necessary to demand justice for other crimes that have been committed in the past. This will also reform security agencies and make them more responsive to the people’s needs.

The government needs to take the initiative if things are to change. More immediately, it is necessary to ensure a transparent process of investigation into recent crimes against women and to ensure adequate punishment for the guilty.

Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) highly request concern body of the government for the justice and the action against the violence against women and girls. JCYCN is doing its activities to pressurize government and its concern body by giving delegation to the prime Minister. Besides these initiations, JCYCN is taking participation in protest collaborating with other right activists staging rallies against the government demanding security and harsh punishment for the Crimes and Violence against Women.

IYPF – 2012 Concluded; Sharing and Experience for Nepali Participants.

27 Sept. to 2 Oct. 2012, Chandigarh, India

As every year International Youth Peace Festival (IYPF) organized by YUVSATTA with the objectives of promoting the spirit of volunteering among young people to build bridges of understanding, respect and love for others in order to break the existing barriers and bridge the gap; this year, IYPF 2012 has also been successfully completed spreading the message of peace, prosperity and harmony in the world.

Total 17 representatives from different organizations from Nepal were participated for the program, in which Mr. Tilottam Paudel, President of JCYCN leaded the Nepalese delegates for the entire program.

During the program, Nepalese delegates showed their active participation and enthusiasm to understand and translate the global issues like inequalities, conflicts and environment protection for sustainable development, training for peace volunteers and respect of others. Likewise, the delegates from different countries also shared their different ideas regarding non-violence peace and prosperity. They also shared the present context of peace of their own community. Meanwhile, delegates presented different mesmerizing and magnetizing cultural performances. At the same time, cultural presentation from Nepali delegates remained best and appreciated.

The program was organized commemorating 150th anniversary of Swami Vivekananda for a week to promote volunteerism and peace messenger, where around 2000 Delegates from  40 countries were participated. It was emphasized that the young citizens are the agents of the change we want to have. Basically it also emphasized on peace that it can only be prevailed when all young people regardless of nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, gender or other differences claim their rights non-violently. Hence this program has brought every country together to inspire change and create a sense of volunteerism for peace in their respective country.

IYPF – 2012 was jointly inauguration by the different countries VIP person of JUSTICE Rajesh Bindal, Judge, Punjab and Haryana High court; Anil Guptam, Commissioner, Sustoms and Central Excise; Sk Setia, HCS and Santosh Kumar; director, Department of Science and Technology, Environment and many other personalities. Mr. Pawan Kumar Bansal, Union Cabinet Minister Government of India was also delivered his valuable speech to encourage youths for non-violence activities and for sustaining peace and prosperity in the world.

During IYPF workshops, different issues were identified and discussed; major issues addressed on Climate Change and Youth Activism, Combating Inequalities, Interventions to curb HIV/AIDS. Nepali delegate were actively participated on different sessions of workshops to discuss on those issues to explore their views, ideas, knowledge and experiences.

Youth journey for sustaining peace

25 September 2012, Lumbini, Nepal

On the Occasion of Lumbini Visit year 2012 and International Peace day 2012, Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal(JCYCN) organized the program with the theme of “Youth Walk and Talk for Peace” in Lumbini, Nepal. Mr. Tilottam Paudel, President of JCYCN along with other 16 youths representing 12 organizations from Nepal visited Lumbini to attend the program to spread awareness on non-violence and peace and to carry the peace movement of peace pioneer Gautam Buddha.

Participants had extensively visited around Lumbini and also had a short peace talk on youth initiation in peace building. At the same time youth delegates organized a cleaning program on the way to Maya Devi temple to make a plastic free city. This effort was to spreading the knowledge of not using plastic and in case emergency not to throw garbage in either side of way.

At the time, the team had a short meeting with Lumbini Information Center, and Mr. Rajanb Basnet, official of Lumbini Development Trust briefed short information about the history of Lumbini & Gauttam Buddha, and Lumbini Development Master Plan. Mr. Hari Rai, Information and Communication Officer gave the detail information of the inscription kept in front of Ashoka Stupa (Pillor), which lucidly shows that the Buddha was born in Nepal and there is no other way of making discussion on the birth place of Buddha.

The team also had organized the short interaction program with NAMUNA INTREGATED DEVELOPMENT COUNCIL (NAMUNA), a local organization of Bhairahawa.  Mr. Dinesh Poudel, Team leader, briefed all the activities of the organization on peace and health including some innovation on health sectors like cycle ambulance which is easy and effective service for that community. He focused on the importance of youth in development of Nation, the situation of post conflict and scars left by the decade long conflict on the people of Terai.

Nepali Delegates headed Chandigarh, India to participate on 7th International Youth Peace Fest (IYPF) – 2012

Kathmandu, 24 Sept 2012

Participants from fifteen organizations of Nepal headed towards Peace city Chandigarh, India to participate on 7th IYPF – 2012, organized by YUVSATTA (Youth for Peace) from 27 October to 2 September to spread awareness on peace, nonviolence and social justice. Meanwhile, participants tomorrow (on 25 September) will visit Lumbini to participate on the program “Youths Walk and Talk for Peace” organized by Jagriti Child and Youth Concern Nepal (JCYCN) to spread the message of social peace and development.

IYPF is an event organized each year by YUVSATTA, India since 2006 to promote the spirit of volunteering among young people to build bridges of understanding,respect and love for others in order to break existing barriers and bridge gaps. It is the catalyst for young people to get involved in their community and make difference by bringing everyone together and promoting new bonds beyond boundaries of race, religion and nationalities and encouraging and energizing people to engage on helping society.

JCYCN is the international partner of IYPF for Nepal since 2011 to select participants and coordinate them for the entire program. Mr. Tilottam Paudel, President of JCYCN is the team coordinator of Nepali participants. After the completion of “Youths Walk and Talk for Peace” program, participants will take a train from Gorakhpur to Aambala and then Chandigarh.

Nepali participants will participate on different awareness campaigns on green economy, food security, barrier free world, nonviolence and peace etc. meanwhile they will also participate on different workshops, events and programs to share and explore their views on creating peace and development.  After the end of program at peace city Chandigarh, Nepali participants will return their home on the evening of September 2, 2012 with a new learning and experiences.

Human Rights situation of Nepal – Facts Figures of 2011

As per the principles of human rights, we cannot say that the situation of human rights is positive until and unless the citizens within the country can live in certainty of a fearless environment. This year, INSEC Human Rights Organization of Nepal monitored a total of 2,361 incidents related to human rights violations and tortures.

This year 377 people were lost their life, among them 12 people were killed by the state. According to INSEC data, eight people were pressured victims of arbitrary killings. In some of these incidents, investigation committees were formed to probe the cases but none of the reports were made public. 89 people were lost their life from unknown groups and 59 people were abducted. Those kinds of unknown perpetrators are still unidentified. On that matter government are not able to take them in the front of law. That is the painful situation of Nepal.

As well as in this year 648 cases are recoded about the women violence, among them 54 women were lose their life due to the domestic conflict. 13 women were killed due to the dowry. Among those 8 cause only on case perpetrators were arrested but end of this year policy didn’t arrest other cases perpetrators.

As well as this year 328 women were victim by rape. Among them 217 girls were under 18 years and this year 123 women and girls were victimized by sexual violence and among them 92 are girls child were suffered under the age of 18. Besides this 29 women were success to safe from the attempt to rape. Those kinds of event are happening and those causes are not able to comes out due to the political, social and economic pressure.

There was a lesser number of human rights abuses found to be perpetrated by armed Tarai groups, unlike in previous years. The peace dialogue with similar groups that has taken place for the last two years was credited for this slide. The government also had released the cadres of the armed groups who took part in the dialogue. The concern was raised that the increase in criminal activities such as killings and abductions committed by unidentified groups could have been linked to such releases.

No homework was done before talks were held with such groups which thus made it more difficult to identify whether they were political in nature or not. Similar discussions had held in the past to considering the political nature of Madhes-based parties but were futile. A total of 117 people were killed and 83 people were abducted by unidentified groups in the past year. In addition, 89 people were killed and 59 were abducted in this year.

The incidents of clashes among the sister organizations of political parties dropped this year. Although UCPN-M was involved in incidents as non-state actors in the past, the numbers of such incidents reduced this year.

(Reference: INSEC, Human Rights Year Book 2012)