PM pledges to raise Dalit issues at UN

- Rastriya Samachar Samiti, Kathmandu

Feb 28, 2017-Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal has pledged to strongly present the issues concerning Dalits in the United Nations (UN). 

During his meeting today with Dalit parliamentarians from South Asia, PM Dahal vowed to raise the Dalit issues in the UN in an effective way. 

“The Dalit community has been sidelined from the economic, social and cultural mainstream since long and has been subjected to caste-based discriminations and practices of untouchability,” he said, adding that he would seriously raise these issues in the UN. 

“The government has taken the problems faced by Dalits as a national issue,” said Dahal, underlining the need of global efforts to ensure the rights of Dalits. 

Recalling that the Dalit community had made notable contribution for the success of the different struggles of 1960, 1990 and 2006-07 as well as the armed struggle launched for equality at different periods in history, PM Dahal said, “I have made maximum efforts for the equal participation of the Dalit community in every state apparatus.” 

“Monarchy and the unitary state structure in the past had been discriminating against the Dalit community. Our party waged a struggle against that, and making Nepal a federal democratic republic was my dream. Now, this dream must come true,” he asserted. 

In the meeting, the declaration adopted by the South Asian Dalit Lawmakers’ Conference was presented to PM Dahal. 

The conference was organised by the Asian Dalit Rights Forum. 

Parliamentarian Min Bishwakarma said that the conference concluded by issuing a four-point declaration which calls for sharing of experience and good practices on the situation of Dalits in different countries in Asia and fighting against the existing racial and caste-based discrimination against Dalits.

Published: 28-02-2017 08:13

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