Nepal is going through multiple layers of crisis- it had only been recovering from the deadly Earthquakes when the “fast tracking” of constitution brought in newer complexities. The Madhesh movement has been ongoing for 100 days crippling life in the southern belt while India’s interference has only worsened the crisis with acute fuel and essential supplies shortage all over the country. More than 50 people have already lost lives during the ongoing Madhesh movement. Gross Human Rights violation have been reported in many cases but there has been no independent body to monitor the situation on ground. On the other hand shortage of medicine and ambulance disruptions have caused equally painful losses of lives while many people in critical health condition are at the most risk. The Reconstruction Authority that was supposed to govern the Earthquake Recovery of the nation has still not formed due to the disagreements between political parties. As winter seeps in, the victims of earthquake are still looking to get sturdy housing that can shelter them from cold. In Kathmandu and elsewhere, black market has taken prominence as reports of embezzlement of essential fuel supplies keep coming. Schools had been shut down for almost 3 months in the Terai region, while in Kathmandu many schools have given notice that they will have to close down if this crisis is not solved immediately.
All these are indicators of TOTAL STATE FAILURE. So, where do we as citizens, look to SOLVE this CRISIS? Isn’t it time that our parliament members, the 6 Deputy Prime Ministers and our Prime Minister Oli do something solid and concrete to ease this crisis while addressing the Madheshi population that has been agitating for more than 100 days now?
This citizen’s March to Parliament is to pressurize the Government to wake up and ACT now! It is also to urge all sides to uphold Human Rights principles at all times and not succumb to violent means!
Come and let’s join hands to show this Government we have woken up and it’s now time for them to wake up! SATURDAY, November 28, 2-4PM.