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Protection of Nepali People Residing under Threat of Border Area

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Katmandu, May29(GNP): The National Human Rights Commission has prepared a 41-point recommendation to the federal and provincial governments to protect the human rights of citizens residing near the international borders. The recommendations are based on the field study and monitoring conducted by a team of NHRC members comprising Mohna Ansari and Govinda Sharma Poudyal from 2015 to 2019 in 28 districts bordering with India and China.

The main focus of report is on the current situation of Nepali citizens living in the border areas, while recommending that the federal and provincial governments protect their fundamental human rights. It stated that they are deprived of fundamental human rights guaranteed by the constitution due to outstanding problems related to international boundary pillars, dams, roads, embankments and national parks. They have been facing problems also due to conservation activities in the border areas. The report, especially, focuses and makes public facts related to the status of citizens’ right to life, dignity, freedom, equality and security, and the discriminatory and inhuman treatment meted out to them. According to the report, citizens residing on the international border don’t have access to fair hearing, education, health, food and e The report has recommended that the federal government maintain trilateral border points among Nepal, India and China; provide compensation to the damage citizens residing in the border areas incur due to road, dam, embankment and other construction activities; create an environment for the citizens to proportionally benefit from the use of Koshi, Gandak and Sharada dams; and make public the whereabouts of citizens missing from the border areas.

The report also demanded the federal government to make necessary arrangements ensuring their economic, political, social, and cultural rights. Citizens living in the borders lives in continuous threat ad fear of wild animals which can easily enter there from national parks causing damage to their property and lives. The border areas are also dealing with child marriage, dowry system and gender-based violence. marriage The NHRC urged the federal and provincial governments to ensure the presence of Nepali security forces in the border areas to maintain law and order, control cross-border crimes and provide access to basic facilities.

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