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Sharma launches book on int’l laws against statelessness



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Photo: The Rising Nepal? Kabita Thapa

By A Staff Reporter
Kathmandu, Dec. 29: The Nepali version of ‘The Collection of International Laws against Statelessness’ was released in Kathmandu on Sunday.
Chairman of the National Human Rights Commission Anuparaj Sharma launched the book at a programme was organised by the Forum for Women's Law and Development (FWLD),
Chairman Sharma said that the international book translated into Nepali would help general people understand the global interest in the rights of non-state citizens. “It is also a helpful tool in giving thought and authority to the issues of citizens living in such situations,” he added.
Sharma said that the book would give an opportunity to understand the rights of a human being to live without identity even in this age democracy.
Executive Director of the FWLD, Sabin Shrestha, said that the 'UN Convention on the Status of Non-State Persons 1945', and the Convention on the Reduction of Statelessness, 1961, would give an overview for the rights of such people and their basic rights. The conventions also express their concern for stateless people, he added.
He said the conventions were translated into Nepali and it was one of the initiatives taken by the National Women's Commission and the FWLD.
On the occasion, Secretary at the National Commission for Women Dipendra Kafle said that the translated version of the convention would be an effective tool to understand the rights of the Nepali children who were unable to get citizenship certificates.
Similarly, advocate Suvin Mulmi said that the statelessness and non-citizenship situation were different when discussing the two conventions.
He also said that the stateless should have the right to receive informal education, right to ration, social security, access to justice and artistic intellectual property.