Petition Tag - nepal

1. सुन्दर नगरी कपुरकोटलाई जोगाऔ

कपुरकोट बजार नेपालकै उच्च पहिरोको जोखिममा रहेको स्थान हो । यहाँका बासिन्दाहरु पहिरोको सन्त्रासमा बसिरहेका छन ।
KAPURKOT BAJAAR !
- तरकारीको केन्द्र !
- सल्यानको ब्यापारीक केन्द्र मध्यको एक केन्द्र !
- सल्यान प्रबेश गर्दा सुरुमै पर्ने ठुलो बजार/केन्द्र !!
- यहाँ देशकै दोश्रो ठुलो तरकारी संकलन केन्द्र ( बेमौसमी तरकारी ) समेत अबस्थित छ । १५ हजार किसानहरु आबद्द रहेको कृषि उपज केन्द्रबाट मात्रै ४००० मेट्रिक टन जती तरकारी बाहिर निर्यात हुने गर्दछ । जसबाट जिल्लामा करीब २५ करोड जती रकम भित्रिने गर्दछ ।
- यहाँ राष्ट्रिय अदुवाबाली अनुसन्धान केन्द्र पनि अबस्थित छ ।


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यस्तो महत्वपूर्ण भुमी यतीबेला भौगोलिक संकटमा छ । यहाँको जमिन बर्सेनी डेढ देखी २ मिटरको हिसाबमा भास्सीरहेको छ । घरहरु भास्सिदा हालसम्म ५० बढी परीवारहरु बिस्तापित नै भइसकेका छन । आकाशमा कालो बादल मडारीन थालेसँगै कपुरकोटबासिको मनमा पनि बादल लाग्ने गर्दछ । अली दर्केर पानी पर्दिने हो भने यहाँका बासीन्दाहरु त्रासले रातभर निदाउन सक्दैनन । त्रासमा बस्न वाध्य हुन्छन । बर्खामा आज हो कि भोली हो भन्ने त्रासमा बस्छन स्थानियहरु । समयमै ख्याल नदिए सिङ्गो बजारको नै अस्तित्व मेटिन सक्छ ।
कपुरकोटलाई बचाउन सरकारकै मुख ताक्नु पर्ने देखिएको छ । किनकी यसको समाधानका निम्ती लार्ज स्केलमा सरकारले बजेट छुट्ट्याउनु पर्छ । यसको निम्ती सरकारलाई भद्र रुपमा दबाद दिऔ । एउटा आँफैमा महत्वपूर्ण भुमी यसरी संकटमा रहदा हामी सल्यानका अन्य ठाउँमा बासीन्दाहरुलाई पनि चित्त दुखेको छ । सरकार लगाएत अन्य निकायको यथासिघ्र ध्यान जाओस । यदी समयमा ध्यान दिइने होइन र यस्तै हेलचक्राइ गरियो भने कपुरकोट बजार त भासिन्छ नै । यसले दाङको तुल्सिपुरको भविस्यमा पनि त्यती राम्रो सन्केत गर्दैन । किनकी त्यो थुम्को यदी झर्ने हो भने यो पातुखोलाकै मुहानमा झर्छ सुरुमा ।
Prevention Is Better Than cure "
पूर्व साबधानी अपनाऔ ।
सरकार हाम्रो जिल्लाको एउटा महत्वपूर्ण भुमी संकटमा छ ! अब बचेँको जती भुभागलाई जोगाइदिनुस् । त्यसपछी यस भुमीले बुटवल देखी सुदुरपस्चिमका बजारमा मात्रै नभएर सिङ्गो देशैभरी ताजा ताजा तरकारी निर्यात गर्न सक्षम हुने छ ।

2. Nepal should execute the Kathmandu-Terai Fast Track Project on its own!

The Kathmandu- Terai Fast Track Project is a much awaited project of national interest and carries prospects for the overall country's economic benefit and long term development.

Following a call for global tender on the project, the then government had tabled a proposal in the cabinet meeting to award the project to “the Consortium” based in India. However, serious concerns were raised by a group of cabinet members and experts over the extremely high costs, financial viability of the project associated with the risk in the form of minimum revenue guarantee laid out in the proposal.

Following a writ filed by two advocates; supreme court intervened in the then government's decision to award the contract on 8 October 2015 until court's further decision. No decision was reached until Supreme court quashed the writ filed by two advocates following K.P Oli led government's decision to construct the project itself through policies and programs, managing financial and skilled resources internally.

This is an appreciative decision, that not only boosts Nepal's ability, confidence and self reliance but also gives an opportunity to identify and mobilize internal resources and utilize both the skilled and unskilled manpower of the country; discouraging brain drain and migration to foreign countries.

Nepal can execute this project on its own! I signed the petition. Please, JOIN THE CALL!

3. Stop Trade Embargo Against Nepal

The Convention on Transit Trade of Land-locked States enforced in 9 June 1967, registered as No. 8641 with 27 Signatories, 43 Parties under United Nations Treaty Series, vol. 597, p. 3 clarifies that the landlocked state must have free access to the sea. The transit state is liable to permit its port access and let the landlocked state use its transport to transfer the imported goods. Natural calamity or pandemic are only exceptions to the convention. Please find the excerpt of the convention below.

Recalling article 2 of the Convention on the High Seas which states that the high seas being open to all nations, no State may validly purport to subject any part of them to its sovereignty and article 3 of the said Convention which states;

"l. In order to enjoy the freedom of the seas on equal terms with coastal States, States having no sea-coast should have free access to the sea.

To this end States situated between the sea and a State having no sea-coast shall by common agreement with the latter and in conformity with existing international conventions accord:

(a) To the State having no sea-coast, on a basis of reciprocity, free transit through their territory; and

(b) To ships flying the flag of that State treatment equal to that accorded to their own ships, or to the ships of any other States, as regards access to seaports and the use of such ports.

4. Support business reconstruction and trekking in Nepal

Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure is an eco-friendly company providing a range of tours and treks in Nepal and surrounding countries. We have been providing tailor-made trips to individuals and groups for over 15 years.

Our story begins with Mr Tsering D. Sherpa, a Sherpa by origin and devotee of mountains. One night, in a dream, the great god Shiva came to Tsering inspiring him to help other people enjoy Nepal’s mountains. Based on this meeting, Tsering took the initiative to start Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure.
Initially, Tsering brought together a group of dedicated and qualified trekking and climbing guides. Later this expanded to specialised tour and culture guides. We aim to reach every corner, peak and crevasse of Nepal in partnership with locals.

My girlfriend and I just finished the most amazing 21 days trekking around Annapurna Circuit. The views, especially around the Thorong La pass were unbelievably spectacular; huge fields of untouched snow. We booked our trip with Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventures and that was the best choice we could have made. Tsering, the owner, has been a guide for many years and started his own trekking company in Kathmandu. He will do most anything to make sure that you have a perfect trip; from shopping advising on the right clothes and quality for the mountains to making sure we would meet the guide before we had to make any decision.

Next to that the price was very good for such a long trip. So we booked, and we couldn't have been luckier than with our guide Wangdu, a very experienced guide with great knowledge and a truly good man. If you plan to go for a mountain trekking I highly recommend booking with Incredible Himalayan Sherpa Adventure, you will get fabulous value for money.

5. Request for relief effort coordination in Nepal

I am writing to make a request for relief efforts coordination in the earthquake affected areas of my home country Nepal. At 06:11 UTC on April 25, 2015, a M 7.8 earthquake hit between two major cities in Nepal and has claimed the lives of more than 1000 people thus far. This number is expected to rise as more bodies are being pulled from the rubble. Even as I write this, my family and friends are feeling tremors of aftershock that has left them terrified.

Nepal's infrastructure--political, economic, or otherwise--is not prepared to pull off a rescue mission at a scale that is necessary during this disaster. Coordination of national and international rescue efforts is crucial to curbing the death toll. On behalf of my people, I request that the international community do more than send donations or political speeches over the internet. People who are on the ground need to be trained, equipped, mobilized and encouraged.

Nepal neither commands Western corporations' mineral interests nor serves much strategic political purpose. Nonetheless, my people have the right to be protected, supported, and rescued from this horror. As a citizen of the world, I want to believe we have learned something from the devastation of Haiti and the terror of Ebola. I want to believe we are one people. And we will not let our brothers stand alone.

6. Declare Nepal a Hindu Nation

Sanatan Hindu Dharma has been the religious tradition of Nepal since time immemorial. Renowned ancient Maharshis and King Janak, Sita, and Gautam Buddha were born and lived in Nepal. Modern history clearly states that Hindu sage named ‘Ne’ established Nepal during prehistoric times, and that the word ‘Nepal’ means the place protected by the sage ‘Ne.’ There is no an iota of doubt that this is the land of Sanatan Dharma since time immemorial where the greatest sages spent their time in meditation and created greatest religious scriptures from this place.

Kailash, Pashupatinath, Gokarna, Muktinath, Janakpur, Ruru, Barah, Lumbini, Devghat and hundreds of pilgrimages, shrines, temples, monasteries, dharmashalas and ashrams dating back thousands of years are the testimonies of this fact. The ancient temples existing thousands of years are the clear evidence of the existence of Sanatan Hindu religion. The Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Sikhs, Kirantis and other religious adherents lived together respecting each other for thousands of years. The tolerable Hindu culture of ‘Basudaiva Kutumbakam’ is in the heart and mind of the devotees of this glorious tradition.

Adherents of Omkar family (Sanatan Dharma) constitute about 95 percent people of Nepal, from Mechi to Mahakali and from Himalayas to the Terai. The perfect example of brotherhood and fraternity exist between the adherents of Sanatan Dharma and the followers of other religious beliefs since ancient time. Hindu culture leads our life from birth to death on every occasions and it is in our genes. The greatest Hindu scriptures Vedas, Upanishads and Shreemad Bhagwat Gita and Ramayana and Mahabharata epic are considered to be the supreme creation of the universe. Hindus, Buddhists, Kirantis, Jains, Shikhs and other Sanatan followers have unique cultural identity which cannot be found in any part of the world.

In this context, declaration of ‘secular state’ was neither the demand of popular movement of 2006 nor it was the agenda of 12 point understanding of the political parties signed in New Delhi. Therefore declaration of secular state was undemocratic and against the mandate of people. This conspiratorial declaration of secular state breaking thousands of years old religious, social and cultural harmony, fraternity and unity of Nepal is utterly unacceptable.This is against human rights principles and international values and norms. For that reason, it is hostile to the social, cultural and religious beliefs and harmony of Nepal. Nepali people outright refuse this undemocratic declaration and assume that this was due to external pressure and plot. As a result, the thousands of years’ social, religious and cultural harmony among the people of different ethnic and religious groups and the indivisible entity, sovereignty and unity of Nepal has been dismantled.

There are many nations in the world which are known as Islamic, Christian and Buddhist countries. There are about one billion Hindus around the world. Nepal can be the representative identity of the Hindus. The only Sanatan Hindu country of the world is the pride, identity and glory of Nepal. Sanatan culture is our testimony of rich social, religious and cultural heritage and dignity and beauty.


In view of this ancient glorious tradition of Sanatan Hindu Dharma and respecting the aspirations and feelings of the people, Nepal must be declared a ‘Hindu Nation.’

7. Ban the Gadhimai festival Slaughter

Gadhimai festival is a month-long Hindu festival that is held once every five years at the Gadhimai temple of Bariyarpur, in Bara District, about 100 miles (160 km) south of the capital Kathmandu in southern Nepal. The event involves the world's largest sacrificial slaughter of animals (approx. 500,000) – including water buffaloes, pigs, goats, chicken and pigeons – with the goal of pleasing Gadhimai, the goddess of power.

A month before the ritual in 2009, the Nepalese government realised there would be a "severe shortage" of goats for the ritual sacrifice, as well as for the consumption of goat meat during the festival. They began a radio campaign urging farmers to sell their animals.

Source: Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gadhimai_festival

8. Petition Against Loadshedding

It’s a bitter truth that we Nepalese have to accept the fact regarding the load shedding and its consequences, which we have to face still for how many years, we do not know. Hence Load Shedding is a state of national crisis for which every individual of this nation should contribute his/her possible effort to eradicate this problem. But the issue arises, how we can solve this problem? Definitely this whole problem can’t be neutralized to zero level but somehow we can contribute our best to minimize this problem.

As everybody knows the whole economy of the nation is in danger according to the professionals. This whole state of energy crisis is the resultant of us, against which we should have our best effort to eliminate it. Many hydroelectricity projects are ready to be initiated but it takes many years to start providing its service.

Hence, we don’t have any alternatives to accompany with present problem rather than managing alternative sources to fulfill the power need at present.


From PETITION AGAINST LOADSHEDDING- NEPAL


This petition is an initiation to put pressure on the concerned authority to solve the problem of loadshedding. It's been years, still the problem is same and people are more desperate and somehow been use to with the loadshedding. And through this petition we are raising our voice against LOADSHEDDING.

9. Legalize marijuana in Nepal

Marijuana (Cannabis) has been banned for a long time in our country. Without knowing no absolute effects about it, the politicians have banned marijuana an with the help of corrupted police have made it unchangeable.

However, until now, no bad effects of marijuana have been found or known anywhere in the globe. Even Unite States of America [U.S.A.] have legalized marijuana in two of it's states i.e. Colorado an Washington, and many states revolting for it's legalization.

The latest and recent scientific researches have found that Marijuana has the ability to cure cancer. Marijuana if legalized can help people addicting to drugs to back down and can improve a country's economy. Also the cutting own of trees or deforestation can be degraded as hemp a type of cannabis can be used for making paper, furniture an other unknown public an medical uses.

With such high functions of its own, Marijuana still is legalized. With many countries making their step to legalize marijuana I have taken a step too by signing this petition, an effort to legalize Marijuana, which was legal around 30 years ago in our country.

See story here: http://goo.gl/d1F15b

10. Legalize medical marijuana for chronic renal failure and other conditions

Medical marijuana helps with the pain and makes individuals gain weight who have chronic renal failure (due to losing weight).

11. Legalize Marijuana in Nepal

Marijuana (Cannabis) has been banned for a long time in our country. Without knowing no absolute effects about it, the politicians have banned marijuana an with the help of corrupted police have made it unchangeable.

However, until now, no bad effects of marijuana have been found or known anywhere in the globe. Even Unite States of America [U.S.A.] have legalized marijuana in two of it's states i.e. Colorado an Washington, and many states revolting for it's legalization.

The latest and recent scientific researches have found that Marijuana has the ability to cure cancer. Marijuana if legalized can help people addicting to drugs to back down and can improve a country's economy. Also the cutting own of trees or deforestation can be degraded as hemp a type of cannabis can be used for making paper, furniture an other unknown public an medical uses.

With such high functions of its own, Marijuana still is legalized. With many countries making their step to legalize marijuana I have taken a step too by signing this petition, an effort to legalize Marijuana, which was legal around 30 years ago in our country.

12. Solid decision about international boundry access and water dam solution

Every month every year in the boundary line of country and border area of Nepal between India get access from Indian government and border security force of India.

People of Nepal who suited get harassment and tutored by Indian army. Besides this while times comes of summer and river get flooded government of India makes his one way decision on his power and dominate Nepal government with forcefully. Indian government never let Nepal government to compromise in clear the issue of dam.

This makes lots of Nepalese homeless and all land useless of Nepal. I am trying to appeal UN and government of USA.

13. Stop cruel dog killings in Nepal

In February 2013, a group of Nepalese policemen brutally killed a dog who had bitten a number of people, using a gun and bamboo sticks. Despite the fact that humane solutions like Animal Birth Control/Anti Rabies have been introduced in Nepal a decade ago, authorities continue to kill dogs inhumanely using strychnine poison, guns or sticks.

A video of the cruel killing can be viewed here:

14. Ending discriminatory profiling of Nepalese citizens in Nepal

Police in Nepal detained more than 700 young men from the streets of Kathmandu for sporting long hair and earrings.

Every person is entitled to fundamental rights. Right to liberty is the right to act in accordance with one’s judgment to attain one’s values.

Right to the pursuit of happiness is the right to live for one’s own sake, fulfillment and enjoyment.

15. Stop Bull Fighting in Nepal

On February 1 and 2, 2013, a bull fight will be organised in Kathmandu by the Nepal Olympic Museum and Maghe Sankranti Fair Management Committee.

Animal Welfare Network Nepal strongly condemns this initiative and requests the government to stop this cruel blood sport.

16. STOP CRUELTY ON TIBETANS

Whatever be the reasons- political, religious, national sovereignty etc., one this is clear - that Tibetan inhabitants are suffering a lot! Whatever the Chinese national media may broadcast to the world by editing, censoring or distorting the real picture, the world now cannot be fooled.

In today's era of free media, we are able to see the blatant atrocities and ruthless tortures imparted by the officials to the poor Tibetans. If this goes on a day will come when our children will compare "demons" or "satans" to the CCP members and "Hell" to China.

Let us do something before it's too late, especially the Chinese all over the world, for the sake of your fellow brothers and sisters :)

17. Stop tree slaughter in Kathmandu Valley

As part of a road widening scheme, hundreds of trees, including ancient and sacred ones, are being cut down in Kathmandu and Patan.

The once green cities are turning into concrete jungles. As trees decrease temperatures and pollution and absorb water, city dwellers and animals increasingly are unable to cope. The tree felling arguably is driven by corruption through the sales of the wood.

18. Open Gokarna Forest Park for the public of Nepal

People of Kathmandu city and area need public parks where the elderly can exercise, children can play and youngsters can recreate.

In the case of Gokarna forest, it is a public property under the authority of Nepal Trust, which mobilizes under the govt of Nepal Gokarna Forest is located in Kathmandu Chetra no-3, surrounded by Jorpati-VDC, Danchi-VDC, Gokarna-VDC, and Mulpani-VDC.

These and neighbouring towns has no proper public park for its citizens, Multiple child accident cases takes place daily due to the playing on the roads. And thousands of elderiy, children and pet-animals are living the lives of prisoners behind the shutters and the concrete walls of their houses. Youths are Unemployed, poverty has disguised itself in criminal activities and the drug addiction is growing rapidly within the area.

We just not see Gokarna forest as a jungle but as a natural resource of the area with the capacity of generating 100s of jobs and direct-indirect health and economic benefits to each and every one.

We also acknowledge the importance of a golf course therefore we are submitting a petition to the govt of Nepal in favor of balanced distribution of the land of Gokarna forest to Public park and the golf course for a better healthier community and Nepal

19. British Museum should have clear signage about Buddha’s birthplace

Ashoka Pillar built in 300 BC by Indian Emperor Ashok during his pilgrimage to the birthplace of Buddha still stands Lumbini. A thorough excavation and investigation near the Ashok Pillar has found the Nativity Stone that was laid down to mark the Buddha’s birthplace.

An international team of archaeologists has begun a three-year survey, coordinated by the UNESCO of the archaeological ruins of Lumbini, the birthplace of Buddha in Nepal. The team of archaeologists, including experts from Nepal’s Department of Archaeology and the Lumbini Development Trust, is directed by Robin Coningham, UNESCO Archaeological Expert and Professor of Archaeology, University of Durham.

The UNESCO, after careful examination all facts and evidences, has already recognized Lumbini as the Buddha’s birthplace and a World Heritage Site.

20. Justice for Gurkhas

The Gurkhas from Nepal have been serving the British Army for over 2 centuries. They swear allegiance to our Majesty the Queen when they join the Army.

Despite all this, they do not have Citizen Rights of the UK. After much fighting by the Respected Joanna Lumley, the Gurkhas managed to get settlement rights, but what did that achieve? Nothing. They do not have the access they should to pensions, to having their families with them and even their civil rights have a lot left to be desired.

The British Army took 12/13/14 year old and now that these men are in their 60's, 70's and 80's, they are living like paupers and beggars. Is that right? Is that fair?

I humbly request that you sign this petition and make any relevant comments for me to take to 10 Downing Street on the 24th April 2012 when we are holding a peace rally for the above. We will be outside 10 Downing Street from 12 noon on the day, please, come and join us. Thanks

Bobbie

21. Animal Welfare Act for Nepal

Nepal is one of the few countries in the world that has no legal protection of working animals, pets and stray animals.

Animal Welfare Network Nepal has drafted an Animal Welfare Act. Help us to get the act passed by the parliament!

22. Humane training for twin elephants Nepal

Ram and Laxman are twin bull elephants which are about to receive training. Traditional training methods leave elephant calves traumatised and injured (see http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sKUDW2y3H-0).

Humane training has been introduced in Nepal but is still in its infancy. Evidence based humane training methods avoid trauma, improves the bond between animal and caretaker and leads to happy, confident and obedient working elephants.

Nepal will not deserve credit for continuing traditional training methods. Providing humane training to the twins will set a positive example for the future and will ensure that Ram and Laxman will be handled with love and care.

23. Stop Dog Poisoning in Nepal

In Nepal, almost all municipalities poison dogs in order to control their numbers and (feared) outbreaks of rabies. The images of ‘man’s best friend’ dying a slow and agonizing death are heart rendering and deeply traumatizing for children and other members of the public.

Contrary to what many believe, the number of dogs does not go down after poisoning. Within half a year the population recovers and often even increases. Besides, strychnine poison can harm humans and other animals. The disposal of the bodies is a major concern.

Humane solutions like Animal Birth Control/Ant Rabies have been introduced in Nepal a decade ago. That is why poisoning dogs is not only inhumane, it is also ineffective and outdated.

24. Stop hunting in Himalayas, Nepal

The Nepal government is planning to develop Kanchenjunga Conservation Area (KCA) as a hunting reserve. The Animal Welfare Network Nepal (AWNN) strongly opposes this decision.

KCA is a unique area which has been recognised as a Gift to the Earth by WWF's Living Planet Campaign. It is also selected as one of the 200 eco regions by WWF.

The government wants to allow international hunters to kill Himalayan Blue Sheep. These are the prey species of the highly endangered Snow Leopard.

Also, income from hunting generally does not benefit local communities and wildlife. AWNN wants the government to continue to develop KCA as an eco tourism destination, using community participation.

25. Informing the world about the true birth place of the Buddha

All sovereign Nepalese: intellectuals, civil society leaders, patriotic, democratic, progressive, and reasonable and rational minds of all walks of life, our peace and justice loving international friends and international communities.

26. Free Ogyen Trinley Dorje - His Holiness The 17th Karmapa

Indian National Congress
Congress President, Sonia Gandhi
24 Akbar Road
New Delhi, India
110011

Dear Respected Sonia Gandhi,

We, the undersigned, are deeply concerned about His Holiness the Karmapa, Orgyen Trinley Dorje who has been living in exile in India since 2000. As he is not a criminal, but is in fact an important spiritual teacher for the entire world, this confinement contravenes the fundamental principles to the preservation of human dignity and respect for universal, fundamental and ethical principles. We call on you to secure his immediate and unconditional release.

In article 51 (c) of The Constitution of India it states; "the State [India] shall endeavor to foster respect for international law and treaty obligations in the dealings of organized peoples with one another.” You have also stated; "The Indian National Congress has always represented a secular, democratic, just and inclusive India, an India that is empowering the disadvantaged and the discriminated, an India that is blending tradition with modernity is anchored in unity amidst its many diversities."

We respectfully request the Government of India to adhere to its commitment to democracy and provide the permission necessary for the Karmapa to travel abroad, now and in the future. We seek a diplomatic solution that will allow the Karmapa to fulfill his spiritual responsibilities through his presence in thousands of centers and monasteries all over the world. We call for Orgyen Trinley Dorje’s immediate and unconditional release from confinement in India.

The International community stands together in concurrence for the Karmapa’s human right to individual freedom of expression and action.

(Clip from PBS "Religion and Ethics Newsweekly" - July 11, 2008)

27. Nepal Adoptions Petition 2010

A group of waiting families and concerned individuals has organized an online petition to provide support and encouragement to the Government of Nepal in their continuing efforts to improve their adoption system and allow for orphaned children to have the care and love of a permanent family.

We need your immediate assistance to encourage countries with adoption programs in Nepal, including the US, Italy, Spain, France and others to support, encourage, and assist the Government of Nepal in its ongoing efforts to improve their adoption program practices and help children find permanent families.

28. Stop animal sacrifice Nepal

In Nepal annually hundreds of thousands of animals are killed in the name of culture and religion, some in an extremely cruel manner.

After 200.000 animals were killed at Gadhimai festival in 2009, the Animal Welfare Network Nepal launched a 5-year campaign aiming at a phase wise ban on blood sacrifices. We call on the government to support our efforts.

29. Strengthen the Nepali / Tibetan Rug Industry

Strengthen the Nepali/Tibetan Rug Industry and Enhance Livelihoods for Nepali/Tibetan Refugee Weavers and Artisans

The economic potential of the Nepali carpet industry became clear towards the end of the last decade. In the mid 1990’s, the industry employed almost one million people, accounted for a third of Nepal’s exports, was the largest supplier of foreign currency, and brought approximately 1300 - 1000 crore Nepali Rupees into the economy each year.

Today the industry has shrunk by over 70% as local manufacturers, experienced artisan weavers, and carpet importers move their production into India and China to escape the unstable production situation, hostile business environment, and the local disturbances that have become increasingly present in the Kathmandu Valley. This situation has led to a significant and continual decline in production standards since 2000, causing the quality of Nepal’s yarn production and weaving to fall dramatically. Because of this decline, Nepal is losing its hard earned reputation as a leader in the hand-knotted carpet industry and its valuable share of international end markets.

The decreased importance of the Nepali carpet industry is visibly reducing the industry’s role in the country’s economic and social development. Nepal’s exports have proven to be strongly and positively correlated to economic growth. The Nepali carpet industry plays an important role in this as seen by its near 30% share of Nepal’s total exports and its direct contribution to approximately 3% of Nepal’s GDP in 2004/2005.

Increased domestic support for this industry can once again raise exports, increase revenue for the national government, and foster skill development and advancement for even the lowest paid workers. It also presents the government with an opportunity for economic growth and diversification through an already established industry.

The carpet industry should continue to play a critical role in Nepal’s social development and rural poverty reduction. Workers in Nepal’s carpet factories are an important source for domestic remittances being sent into the countryside. This type of remittance flow was shown, in a 2003 World Bank study of the Nepali economy, to have a powerful and direct effect on reducing rural poverty.

To sustain and maximize on the economic and social benefits of the industry, we propose that there is an immediate need for a more productive, secure, and corruption free work environment within the Nepali carpet industry. As end market users and importers of this wonderful product, we hereby petition the Nepali Government to recognize and take action on the following necessary points for change: labor regulation, export promotion, quality certification, investment climate, labor union policies.
Details are outlined on the following page.

With focused and properly directed intervention, the carpet industry has the potential to play a vital role in Nepal’s development. The industry has shown that it can directly foster economic development while increasing the effectiveness of the government’s work to reduce national poverty. We believe that given the support proposed in this petition, the Nepali carpet industry will once again become an important source for national revenue, social development, and the preservation of centuries old artisan techniques.

30. Stop Gadimai

Can you picture 7,000 young buffaloes being rounded up and killed by a thousand drunk men carrying large knives? A festival where 200,000 animals are killed to please a goddess?

This is exactly what -if nothing is done- will happen from November 24, 2009, onwards in Nepal. The Gadimai Festival in Bariyarpur, Bara District, is held each 5 years. The mass sacrifice turns the entire area into a marshy land of blood. The Animal Welfare Network Nepal together with Anti-sacrifice Alliance want to end this bloody, cruel practice.

For more information go to Worship Without Cruelty at http://animalnepal.org/campaigns_wwc.htm