The Regional Consultation which was held from 27 – 29 November 2010 in Kathmandu, Nepal served as a forum for a wide cross section of human rights defenders, academics, professionals and cultural activists from all South Asian countries to share their knowledge and experiences of strategizing to promote human rights and democracy in their own society.
More than 150 participants engaged in in-depth discussions which led to more effective strategies to address human rights issues in the region and making state institutions responsive to citizens’ activism in promoting human rights and democratic practices.
The theme of the consultation was “Challenges for South Asia: Human Rights and Democracy” and each country presented their country experiences. The areas under discussion were transparency and accountability of South Asian parliaments, security laws and freedom from torture, discrimination against religious minorities and internally displaced persons in South Asia.
Also, the meeting welcomed the SAARC Summit initiative for a Charter for Democracy but was concerned that the draft of the charter was limited to a bureaucratic exercise and did not ensure that citizen’s voices are heard.
In 2011 SAHR plans to prepare a publication based on the discussions and recommendations of the regional consultation.
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