Statement from Odhikar
Dhaka, October 09, 2017: Odhikar commemorates its 23rd founding anniversary on 10th October. It was established on this day in 1994 with the vision of a society based on the rights and responsibilities of State and citizens. Odhikar is striving to achieve this goal through human rights activities, based on the foundations established by principles of justice and rule of law, international declarations, conventions and treaties. For 23 years, has been diligently working to protect and promote the rights of the people through awareness, documentation, monitoring, research and advocacy.
Odhikar believes that democracy is not merely a process of electing a ruler; it is the result of the peoples’ struggle for inalienable rights, which become the fundamental premise to constitute the State. Therefore, the individual freedoms and democratic aspirations of the citizens – and consequently, peoples’ collective rights and responsibilities - must be the foundational principles of the State.
AFAD calls on the Nepal government to withdraw the promotion of Col. Lama who is in fact more worthy of being demoted from his rank as military colonel if not stripped of his position in the military. The military force is an important organization to protect the rights of the people under the new government but AFAD believes that the present coalition government of the Maoist and Congress is not mindful of this important role and is more bent on neglecting its duties to prosecute officials who have been involved in human rights violations.
Dr. Horacio Ravena, member of the UN Committee on Enforced Disappearances from Argentina, conveys a message of hope, on the occasion of the International Day, of the Disappeared, for victims of enforced disappearances and the rest of civil society.