|From the right Shreedeep Rayamajhi, Govinda Sharma 'Bandi', Hina Jilani, Vrinda Gover, Mohamed Latheef at Shangrila Hotel, Lazimpat.|
Recently I got to meet Hina Halani and Vrinda Gover in a program named, "Combating Impunity in Nepal: Lesson from South Asia" I was called to do interpretation work for these famous personalities and was asked to assist them at any point of their interest.
I was very surprised and fascinated hearing their perspectives and voices on impunity and human right. Both were associated to South Asians for Human Rights, they were tremendously energetic and full of knowledge but one thing that really moved me was their passion and determination for their work.
Hina Halani during her speech said, "Human Rights cannot be felt by treaties, policies, and charters it is felt by the people around you and with their behavior."
I think the practices of justice cannot be fulfill by just law books and court system, it needs to be respected, adapted and acted upon. Law cannot be discriminator but it treats everyone as equal regardless of race, place, power and time.
Similarly, Vrinda Gover also highlighted various scenario of how the public sentiments can change the government's attitude and how Public Interest Letigation (PIL) can help bring in change in further strengthening the public sentiment. And she highlighted government official need to be responsible towards the public and the public need to be vigilant and aware of that.
If you look at Nepal's scenario then the human rights activists in Nepal are just limited within their organizations and seminars of 5 star hotels. Practically speaking most of the Human Rights projects are limited within their funding and operation. They just needs reports and pictures, once its done they go back with good notion of their job completion.
I am speaking rude but reality is what cannot be denied. Most of the Human Rights Activists are biased and limited within their connection. During the conflict situation their were millions of people who got displaced and affected by the conflict. There are many cases which were not heard and registered. If you look at the statistics then you will find more than 3 dozen national and international organization working in the field in Nepal but still you will find case of unheard human rights.
So where did we lacked and what were these organization doing ?
Reality bites that still today its hard to even launch a FIR in the police office regarding any atrocities of Human Rights. It takes sheer power and heart to stand up for the pain and all these so called monetization of the development industry has made the human values less and worthless.
There are projects and donors but at grassroots level there are no hands to protect you and your government being biased towards power, politics and manipulation simply watches upon having no clue of rights of public and tax payers. As the leaders and policy makers are corrupt big terms like Human Rights and policies are only good for rules and regulation.
Even the international Developing agencies like United Nation(UN), USAID, UKAID support hiring people from abroad or from so called various marginalized groups. so how can their be a equal opportunity. Everywhere there is politics and even in field like Human rights and development people who are really interested are sidelined irrespective to their interest and talent. The only thing that works is favoritism and power which is a harsh reality of today.