Saturday, March 17, 2007

Challenges to establishing the rule of law in post conflict Nepal

Talk program was organized in Georgetown University, Washington DC, on “Challenges to establishing the rule of law in post conflict Nepal.” It was jointly organized by International Law Society and the United Nation at Georgetown.

Advocate Dinesh Tripathi was invited as a guest speaker. Advocate Tripathi said on the occasion- "Nepal is at a crossroad now. Important gains and changes have been made toward democratization but the situation in Nepal is full of risk and uncertainty. Monarchists and anti- democratic elements want to derail and reverse the democratization process. There are growing complexities in Nepal. The conflict is still not over. The conflict has taken new shape and dimension. The transition is going to be most difficult and tough. Nepal requires a successful transition toward full fledge democracy and rule of law. But the entire democratization and peace process is extremely weak and fragile in Nepal. This is a time for great promise as well as a great uncertainty in Nepal. If transition is not successfully and efficiently managed then it might take ugly turn. "

"The constituent assembly will adopt a new constition which will guarantee sovereign rights of the people and also decide the fate of monarchy in Nepal. The election of the constituent assembly must be held in due date. The Nepal needs a radical departure from the past. It needs a total restructing of polity, state and governance. We the people of Nepal must allow to decide our own fate and also allow to write and adopt our own constitution. The new constitution must fully empower the people, establish a republican form of government and guarantee the fundamental rights of the people. The people of Nepal are aspiring for full fledge democracy and want to do away with monarchy. Now it is establish fact of history of Nepal is that in Nepal democracy and monarchy can not go together. The monarchy of Nepal is always a threat for democratic political order and it dismantled and subverted the democratic process and institution through a military power now and again. So Nepali people want to do away with monarchy and want to establish republican form of government. The experiment of democracy with monarchy has been failed in Nepal. The New constitution should chart a new course for Nepal", he told.

Same as he added that "The right to vote in periodical election is extremely important component of democratic governance but it is not enough, new constitution should also guarantee the socio-economic rights of the people. It must empower the weakest, vulnerable and marginalized class of people. It must guarantee the federal structure in order to empower the masses at grass root level. In order to ensure greater regional and local autonomy and establish the local ownership on the resources federal structure is essential. International civil society must creatively engage in the Nepal’s democracy building process. The international civil society can play a very important role to strengthen a Nepal’s fragile and weak democracy building process."

Ms. Rene diplock president of the united nation at Georgetown introduce the guest speaker.

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