Disabled people stage demos demanding political rights

  • new constitution
- POST REPORT, Kathmandu

Aug 3, 2015-

Disabled persons organised sit-ins in front of the official residence of the Prime Minister at Baluwatar along with picketing the other 74 district administration offices on Monday, demanding political rights in the upcoming constitution.

Sudarshan Subedi, chairman of the National Federation of the Disabled, said they would continue to picket and hold demonstrations to pressurise the Political Dialogue and Consensus Committee to meet their demands.

The federation stressed the need for an inclusive representation in the lower and the upper house of Parliament, federal assembly and village committee.

They have demanded changes in articles 88 (2), 175 (4) and 213 (5) that list marginalised groups such as women, Dalits, Raute, Tharus, Muslims, indigenous minorities but not disabled persons.

According to Article 29 of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disability,  a state should guarantee political rights of persons with disabilities and the opportunity to enjoy them on an equal basis, which includes ensuring that disabled people can fully participate in political and public activities on an equal basis with others. Nepal has ratified all such international conventions.

Nepal Disabled Human Rights Centre states that atleast two percent of the total population of Nepal has some kind of disability, with most of them socially and economically backward.

Published: 04-08-2015 08:29

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