British Gurkha ex-servicemen issue Feb 15 deadline for dialogue

Published On: December 7, 2019 08:19 AM NPT By: Republica  | @RepublicaNepal

KATHMANDU, Dec 7: The agitating British Gurkha ex-servicemen have issued a fresh ultimatum of February 15, 2020 to both Nepal and British governments to immediately form a high-level dialogue team and start negotiations to address their grievances concerning pay and pension parity. 

Organizing a press conference in the capital on Friday, chief coordinator of the agitating British Gurkha.

Satyagraha United Struggle Committee, Krishna Bahadur Rai, warned both Nepal and British governments not to make further dilly-dallying under various excuses such as upcoming elections in Britain, the Brexit and the formation of a new Cabinet. Rai said that they will be forced to knock the doors of both national and international courts and launch stringent protest programs if their ultimatum is ignored. 

The agitating British Gurkha ex-servicemen have been urging the governments of Nepal and Britain to promptly start dialogue over the Report of Technical Committee that comprises UK envoy to Nepal, Minister of Defense (UK) and representatives of British Gurkha ex-servicemen associations. They have urged the Nepal government to recognize the report introduced on 15 March 2019 by International Relations Committee of the federal parliament, as a guiding instrument for this purpose. 

Earlier last month, the body organized a National Symposium on Human Rights Movement for Equality and Dignity of British Gurkha in Kathmandu. An 11-point Kathmandu Declaration adopted at the conclusion of the two-day conference had announced to launch an international human rights campaign if the British government failed to take any initiatives to address their grievances related to pension parity and compensation for the injustice meted out to them. 

The movement, according to the Kathmandu Declaration, will draw attention of the UN Human Rights Council toward the injustice and discrimination perpetrated against the Gurkha ex-servicemen by following the process of Universal Periodic Review and conduct a special study and make adequate preparations for the utilization of the ILO mechanism.

The movement will also prepare for utilizing other human rights instruments that may include the jurisdiction of Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) and Human Rights Committee and utilize the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice, according to the declaration.

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