the friend online
21 April 2006

NEWS: Celebrations in Nepal as friends of QPSW support path to democracy
The Institute of Human Rights Communication in Nepal, an organisation with close links to QPSW and an important human rights voice in the country, has thanked its supporters around the world after the king announced that the parliament would meet for the first time in four years.

Despite increasing unrest in Nepal, the president of the Institute of Human Rights Communication, Nepal, (IHRICON), Shobha Gautam, coordinated a QPSW South Asia peace meeting outside Kathmandu, from 4 to 6 April. Some human rights journalists and academics were unable to attend full-time, because of the curfews imposed by the king's government. However, after three years of QPSW work, a South Asia Peace Alliance was formed.

Since that meeting Shobha Gautam has been sending reports to the network, including Stuart Morton, QPSW's South Asia Programme Manager.

A report on 24 April painted a picture of crisis on the streets.
'Security forces are indiscriminately firing bullets and tear-gas shells at the demonstrators. Severe beatings and indiscriminate Latthi (baton) charges to disperse the protesters have caused a large number of injuries to the civilian population, including human rights activists, journalists, medical professionals, lawyers, bystanders, women and children.

'Up until now, fourteen demonstrators have been killed by bullets, hundreds seriously injured and thousands are still under treatment in various hospitals and nursing homes.'

However, as The Friend went to press, the situation appeared to be transforming as the pressure of mainly peaceful protests and world attention continued.

Shobha wrote on the morning of 25 April, as thousands of people were taking to the streets:

'The notorious king just made his proclamation to announce first installment of his defeat. He accepted that sovereignty, state authority and governance belongs to the people. He supported the Road-Map of seven party alliance... he supported twelve point understanding between seven party alliance and CPN (Maoist). He reinstated the dissolved house and first meeting is convened for April 28, Friday. 'We will involve ourselves in democratising democracy as our mission. As a leading human rights coalition INSEC will perform its responsibility with full responsibility and collective culture of working together. 'The new phase of struggle has started. Supporting people in understanding things correctly, cooperating them to assert for their rights, vigilance in whole process and content of new constitution so that inclusive and just society-building process starts, we will leave no stone unturned.

'Dear Friends, this is the first step towards our journey. It is just the start. With your support and committed cooperation we shall overcome, sure.

'My gratitudes on behalf of Nepali Human Rights defenders.'

news@thefriend.org


 


This week's .pdf
In this week's online edition... rss edition
UK and US meet in Hearts and Minds
Zélie Gross
Sharing prayers
Nancy Irving
JOB VACANCY: PUBLISHER OF THE FRIEND PUBLICATIONS LTD

Beyond whistling in the dark
Peggy Heeks, Witney MM
Connecting with and writing the Spirit
Sue Glover Frykman, Sweden YM
Cover

Reflections on Emanuel Swedenborg
Judy Kirby
News Round-up
news@thefriend.org
Comment
Ann Lewis & Frank Parkinson
Letters
editorial@thefriend.org
Living with Emanuel Swedenborg
Liz Breckons
Soul medicine
Bob Johnson
NEWS: Celebrations in Nepal as friends of QPSW support path to democracy
news@thefriend.org
q-eye
eye@thefriend.org

Advertisements
Things to do, where to stay, people to see etc...

download this issue

save this page

most recent comments:
Letters, Ala
Quaker approach to business under the spotlight, David Hitchin
Tackling the pay gap from both ends, anonymous poster
Some more equal than others?, anonymous poster
Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
Climate Camp experience, Frances Laing
The centrality of worship, Andrew Hatton, Maldon LM, Essex
In the care of the Meeting?, chrissie hinde
Lockerbie grief and justice, Jennifer Barraclough
The centrality of worship, Peter Arnold
The top ten reasons (plus three) why bottled water is a blessing, Fee Berry
Letters, David Hitchin
Marriage and committed relationships, Fee Berry
George Fox and same gender partnership, Chris Bagley
Marriage and committed relationships, Chris Bagley
Meeting for meditation?, Barry
Meeting for ‘weorthscipe’?, Gerard Guiton
Report shows that all is not well in multicultural Britain, chrissie hinde
Johann Sebastian Bach and the Jews, Peter Arnold
Prisons: our growth industry, Peer Arnold

Save on your phone bills with:
the phone co-op - your voice counts