Nefin calls nationwide stir

- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Sep 9, 2014-

Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (Nefin) has announced a nationwide protest to press for a number of demands, including representation of indigenous communities in the Constitution Assembly (CA).

The umbrella organisation of indigenous communities has said that the protest will begin on September 17 and continue until its demands are ensured in a new constitution. The Nefin leaders have also asked the government and political parties to honour the agreement signed with the Janajati communities in the past.

In May 2012, the government had signed an agreement with Nefin, pledging to incorporate Janajati agendas, including identity-based federalism, in new constitution.

Speaking at a press meet in the Capital on Tuesday, Nefin Chairman Nagendra Kumal warned that they will resort to stronger protests if their demands go unaddressed.

Objecting to the exclusion of 34 Janajati groups in the CA, Kumal accused the major parties of working against the spirit of past agreement for an inclusive constitution. We will not accept the constitution that does not address the issues raised by the marginalised and the oppressed communities, he warned.

Aang Kaji Sherpa, former general secretary of Nefin, objected to the “unconstitutional appointments” of 17 lawmakers under the Cabinet nomination quota and said they had to protest seeing that the current process cannot ensure an indigenous-friendly constitution.

Sherpa also asked the government to ensure representation of 34 excluded Janajati minorities in the CA.

Published: 10-09-2014 09:28

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