Madhes Marks 67th Int’l Human Rights Day (With Video)

Birgunj, Dec 10:

Acknowledging the worse situation of human rights in Terai recently , the 67th International Human Rights Day was observed in Nepal on Thursday.

Today the world marked the international human rights day with the global theme “Our Rights. Our Freedoms. Always.” while the day was marked in Nepal with the theme “Human Rights for All in Every Household: A Base of Peace and Development.”

In Birgunj, youths and human rights activists marked the International Human Rights Day amid a program organized by Sano Paila, Tarai Human Rights Defenders (THRD) Alliance, Sanskriti, Leo Club Central City, The State Daily among other local organizations at the Maisthan Park premises.

Constituent lawyer Dipendra Jha, who is also an advocate at the Supreme Court,  addressed the participants highlighting the violation of Human Rights during the ongoing Madhes protest, and how human right defenders are working to improve  human rights situation in Nepal.

“I was amazed by the support that the international community has extended to Madhes movement,” said Jha. He informed that many countries participating in the recent Universal Periodic Review in Geneva had showed their concerns over recent killings and use of excessive force during Madhes protests in Nepal.

Around 50 persons from Terai-Madhes have been killed during the recent protest against the country’s constitution.  

Youths in Geneva also protested the killings during Madhes protest in Nepal to pressure the United Nations to secure human rights, according to him.  “ UPR participant countries asked the government to investigate and prosecute those involved in the killings,” he said, adding that this is the historic achievement for Madhes movement.

In the event supported by Vatika Health Care, school children, youths, human rights defenders and civil society leaders lit the candles forming the shape of 67 in honor of the martyrs during the protest.


On the occasion, the participants also observed a moment of silence to pay homage to the deceased.