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'Explore consensus keeping human rights issue at centre'



KATHMANDU: Various human rights activists have underscored the need to put human rights issue at the centre while forging consensus among the political parties.

At an interaction programme organised here on Friday by Human Rights and Peace Society (HURPES) on 'Strategy of utilization of peace process and political confusion', the participating speakers stressed that the political parties should guarantee sustainable human rights and democratic norms and values in every agreement they made.

Terming the incumbent government an anti-human rights government, they accused the ruling coalition partners – Madhesi Morcha and UCPN-Maoist – of working against peace and consensus from time to time.

Claiming that the present government could not hold election in the country, they further said that a national consensus government should be formed by enabling environment of trust among the parties.

The human rights defenders also urged civil society representatives to not remain passive till Nepali people get a new constitution.

Speaking on the occasion, HURPES former chairperson Krishna Pahadi, Sushil Pyakurel, Prof Dr Yagya Adhikari, Shobhakar Budhathoki, Ratna Laxmi Shrestham, Prakash Mani Dahal, Pratap Poudel and Uttam Baskota, among others, shed light on the importance of International Human Rights Day.

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