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Copenhagen: Nepal’s Brand New Constitution – The Big Challenge of Inclusion
June 8, 2012 - 15:00
The Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS) and the Danish Institute for Parties and Democracy (DIPD) have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on:
Nepal’s Brand New Constitution – The Big Challenge of Inclusion
Friday, 8 June 2012, 15.00-17.00
Danish Institute for International Studies
Strandgade 71, ground floor, 1401 Copenhagen K
The Constituent Assembly of Nepal extends its terms once again for three months; according to the agreed schedule, the Constituent Assembly needs to approve a new constitution by 28 May 2012. Despite agreement on many crucial issues among major political parties, the reason for this unexpected last minute extension is the ongoing agitations by various ethnic and caste groups which want the new constitution to reflect their aspirations.
After many years of political instability, the introduction of a new constitution will also introduce a new political system, which can hopefully ensure future political stability in Nepal.
One of the major issues in the constitutional process throughout has been how to create a political system which is inclusive towards the different minorities and historically suppressed groups in Nepal, like the Dalits, the Madhesi people and women. This has proved to be challenging because Nepal has around 103 ethnic and caste groups which speak over 100 languages.
How will the new constitution support the political status of these groups? Is it protecting the rights of these groups at all? How are women’s rights protected in the new constitution? Are Dalits’ political representation secured within the framework of the new constitution?
The speakers at this seminar represent some of the Nepalese politicians who have been deeply involved in the process of drafting the new constitution.
More details about the speakers and the seminar are available on our website.
The seminar will be held in English.
Participation is free of charge, but registration is required. Please use our online registration form no later than Thursday, 7 June 2012 at 12.00 noon.
Please await confirmation by e-mail from DIIS for participation.
Danish Institute for International Studies (DIIS)
The Conference Section
DK-1401 Copenhagen K
Ph. (+45) 32 69 87 51
Fax (+45) 32 69 87 00
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