Prakash Khadka

Nepal Unit of IMCS - Pax Romana

Active in Country: Nepal

DTP Alumnus: 2011 21st Annual Program in Timor-Leste

Ever since I joined in the Nepal Unit of IMCS-Pax Romana in 2002, my spirit grew up in the favour of social justice and peace. Thinking globally and acting locally, slowly and steadily; marching forwards, I became to be known as one of the active youth leader among the Catholic youth circle by 2007. I also had an opportunity to write as a correspondent for UCAN: an international Catholic News Agency (2008-2011) in which I started to cover news articles on the perspective of human rights, social justice and peace. Doing an internship in the 13th session of UN HRC in 2010 made me familiar with UN mechanism of human rights. Later 21st DTP Annual Human Rights and Peoples’ Program for Human Rights Defenders in 2011 boosted me up with dense thematic knowledge.

 

Currently I work for the social wellbeing of resettled IDPs in remote parts of west Nepal as a part of my job. I facilitate basic human rights training to young people and animation training to local NGOs. I am informally engaged on interreligious dialogue and settling minor cases of domestic violence, violence against women and children as a mediator. And for some time I have been trying to help asylum seekers. In 2012, I formed the Inclusive and Communicative Action Network (ICAN): an informal network of individual young professionals, youth and students at inter/national level. ICAN intends to motivate young people to contribute to peace and human rights at their local level. I am recently certified as a Front Line Defender too.

 

Now my formal and informal involvement in human rights and peace works at the grass root level made me to reflect: What is the real vision of human rights for me?

One’s political ideology should not influence human rights works. Among the human rights activists, retrogressive forces are trying to support the status quo and hence the prevailing cultural impunity, whereas progressive forces are over-reactive, lacking cultural sensitivity. Very few may have a balanced view on it.

 

At this context one has to internalize what is being doing in the name of human rights. Now it is time to count, how far did we reach? Are we starting an unfinished journey? What Mandela mentioned in his last page; to create the situation that Martin Luther King dreamed about; to emancipate from the current slaveries?

 

We all (activists) dream for a just and equitable society where each and every individual enjoy their rights. Poverty being a main challenge of our present societies; it is really important for us to reflect what our vision for human rights is. Human rights should be animated by human dignity and the common good. 

 

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