| 04-04-2018

Prime Minister’s India Visit: An opportunity to raise right to food issues of border area

Studies show that many right to food violation issues are occurring in the border of Nepal and India. One of the frequently occurring issues is flooding and inundation due to dams and barrages which compelled many people to displace from their home annually. There are other issues emerging like border security road from east to west and national parks which is being constructed and established by India that lead Nepalese people to suffer. Such issues are bi-lateral where Nepal government, as well as India government, are responsible to safeguard the affected people ensuring their rights. FIAN Nepal is documenting such cases and initiated to organize the affected people for their advocacy actions.

After provincial and federal elections that were held in November-December 2017, KP Sharma Oli has taken second time the lead of new government as Prime Minister. According to the Office of the Prime Minister and Council Ministers, the Prime Minister is visiting India on 6-8 April 2018 where bi-lateral discussions of national interest and welfare would take place. This is an opportunity to request the Prime Minister to put forth the border-related right to food violation issues with Indian Government and to be accountable for appropriate solutions to safeguard the people living in border area who are suffering for their livelihood.

Honorable Member of Parliament Mr. Ram Lakhan Harijan handing over the memorandum to the Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali

A team consists of affected communities from Dam and Barrages, Border Security Road and Indian National Parks as well as Members of Parliament, political leaders, CSOs associated to these issues gathered in Kathmandu on 3 April 2018 to draw the attention of Nepal government to insert those issues in their agenda during the discussion with Prime Minister of India. The delegation team met Honorable Minister, Ministry of Foreign Affairs Mr. Pradeep Kumar Gyawali and submitted a memorandum. The letter of memorandum that had submitted to the Prime Minister through Ministry of Foreign Affairs describes how hard to sustain the livelihood of citizens of Nepal who live in border area due to the constructions going on by India nearby the no man’s land. The delegation team urged the visiting officials from Nepal to India to give priority on these issues that had violated Right to Food of Nepalese citizens as well as violation of Extra-Territorial States Obligation (ETO) by India. FIAN Nepal is working on Western Terai border districts Banke, Bardiya, Kailali and Kanchanpur as well as documented the issues of Eastern Terai border districts and continuously engaging to raise ETO issues from Right to Food perspective.

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