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Remarks by Jyoti Sanghera, OHCHR-Nepal, Dy. Representative Delivered at an interaction program on Haliyas organized by Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NDSWO) & Rastriya Haliya Mukti Samaj Federation (RHMSF)
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t is such an irony that today we are talking about freeing the haliyas – the very
person who with the ‘hal’, or his plough and his labour provides the very basic
sustenance i.e. food, and thereby enables humankind to sustain itself and
consequently enjoy every other right and freedom that human beings are entitled to or aspire to. This person who is at the core of furnishing us with our very basic right, right to food and hence the right to life, is today so enslaved and unfree himself. The ‘hal has become a tool of bondage for the haliyas and a tool of freedom for the rest of us. What a paradox and what a tragedy!
OHCHR-Nepal is aware of problems facing the Haliyas such as denial of economic,
social and cultural rights which includes access to land, food and shelter, restricted access to water, sanitation, health and education. They face discrimination in being successful in gaining employment in professions seen traditionally as the domain of upper castes even though they are qualified.

#HALIYAS #DALIT #JYOTISANGHERA #FREEDOM #RIGHT #KAMAIYA
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UNOHCHR ,   (2008 )
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Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
JOURNALISTS, FOOD, RIGHT TO FOOD, RIGHT TO LIFE, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, WATER, SANITATION, HEALTH, EDUCATION, DISCRIMINATION, EMPLOYMENT, CASTES, REHABILITATION, CIVIL SOCIETY
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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