Nepal: Religious discrimination against indigenous peoples in Nepal’s Kakrebihar under consideration at UN


    “Information on alleged religious discrimination against Nepal’s indigenous peoples who practice Buddhism will be given close and careful consideration,” UN Special Rapporteur on the rights of indigenous peoples James Anaya has informed.

    Anaya provided the information in a letter on 6 November responding to the communication submitted by LAHURNIP and other indigenous peoples and human rights organizations concerning the violations of religious and cultural rights of indigenous peoples due to denial of installation of Buddha idol in Kakre Bihar, a monastery in Surkhet district of far-western Nepal.

    The organizations had submitted an urgent communication to the UN Special Rapporteurs on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, in the field of cultural rights and on freedom of religion or belief on 30 September detailing obstructions by the Government to install the idol even after fulfilling all necessary procedures, including police intervention on the rally taken out on 25 May 2013 for installing the idol. More than 50 devotees were reportedly injured or looted of their belongings in the brutal police assault.

    As per the communication, despite holding number of meetings with the concerned authorities, including Chairperson of the Council of Ministers and peaceful protest programs, the Government did not take any measure to resolve the dispute. Rather there had been indirect threat to prevent installing idol in the area at any cost. This has violated religious and cultural rights of the indigenous peoples as well as the principle of secularism as declared in the Interim Constitution of Nepal, 2007.

    The complainants had requested the Special Rapporteurs to recommend the Government to permit installation of idol in the area, halt violations of and respect religious and cultural rights of indigenous peoples. Further, they had urged the Rapporteurs to recommend the United Nations and other concerned agencies to facilitate the Government to respect those rights.

    Click here to read the complaint and here to Anaya response.

    Source: LAHURNIP

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