Call to ensure rights of indigenous

Published On: August 9, 2016 03:11 PM NPT By: Republica

KATHMANDU, Aug 9: Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (NEFIN) has called on the government to guarantee the rights of indigenous, ethnic and marginalized groups through the amendments to the constitution.

Inaugurating a rally held this morning, marking the 22nd International Day of the World's Indigenous People, NEFIN Chair Nagendra Kumar Kumal claimed the new constitution had failed to ensure the rights of indigenous nationalities in line with agreements reached with the government towards that end. So the constitution should be revised to ensure their rights, he demanded.

Federal Socialist Forum Nepal's Rajendra Shrestha said indigenous nationalities were the protectors and promoters of country's distinct culture and they deserved special rights.

At the call of the United Nations, the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples is observed on August 9 every year. RSS

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