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Remarks by Richard Bennett Representative of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights in Nepal At a Programme to Mark Human Rights Day Organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC)
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The theme that the High Commissioner has chosen for Human Rights Day this year "embrace
diversity, end discrimination" is surely of great relevance in Nepal. Nepal is a diverse country in many respects - it has multiple ethnicities, religions, languages and castes; it has women, men and people of different sexual orientations; city livers and rural dwellers and so on. Every society that embraces diversity enhances its richness and depth, and becomes more dignified and peaceful.
Social inclusion and equality are fundamental to the success of peace process. It is no exaggeration to say that the root cause of armed conflict in Nepal lies in the social injustice and the historical denial of basic rights to marginalized and minority communities, including for example, work, food and housing.
Combating discriminatory practices in Nepal – including 'untouchability' and bonded labour systems such as Haliya and Kamaiya – is one of the key priorities of my Office and we are working in partnership to this end with government, National Institutions and civil society organisations, as well as our sister UN agencies.
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UNOHCHR ,   (2009 )
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Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
INDIVIDUAL RIGHTS, CIVIL AND POLITICAL RIGHTS, ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS, HUMAN RIGHTS IN ARMED CONFLICTS, WOMEN'S RIGHTS, WORKERS' RIGHTS
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 UNOHCHR : UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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14.02.02  -  Human Rights
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