Nepal Human Rights Yearbook 2017

Upon restoration of multi-party democracy in 1990, human rights activists who had collaborated with political parties in the people’s movement leading to democracy were posed with some questions. How could democracy be strengthened and be made dynamic? What could be done for poor citizens who had been discriminated and forced to live with their self-esteem constantly shadowed by fear and superstitions for ages? What was needed for an ordinary citizen to be able to declare – ‘I am the State.’ And, what could be the universal accepted approach – accepted by both the political parties and international community – that the country could adopt to move towards establishing a just society. The human rights activists had agreed to promote four pathways: social justice, democratic process, human rights-based approach and the rule of law.