Nepal National Indigenous Forum, Sydney (April 2, 2011)

Upon request of the President of the Nepalese Indigenous Nationalities Forum Australia (NINFA), Mr Ganesh Tamang, the Diplomacy Training Program (DTP) delivered a a one-day intensive training program on human rights advocacy and the situation of Indigenous peoples in Nepal. The programwas held on the 2nd of April at the Faculty of Law, UNSW.

NINFA is an autonomous representative body of Nepalese residing in Australia. Its purpose is to promoteawareness among Indigenous Nepalese communities, both in Nepal and Australia, about their identity, rights and participation in nation-building campaigns. NINFA promotes the establishment of a federal democratic Nepalese republic that facilitates equal representation of all Nepalese in the governance of the country.

The participants who attended were associated with the work of NINFA, through direct involvement and/or membership of smaller, affiliated community organisations. They will be representing a diverse range of Indigenous Nepalese groups, including Tamang, Gurung, Rai, Limbu, Sherpa, Magar and Chantyal.

The program introduced participants to the relevant standards and provisions in international law that relate to the rights of Indigenous peoples. It seeked to deepen their understanding of the state of Indigenous issues in Nepal in the context of current developments relating to the establishment of a Nepalese federation, as well as provide them with practicable skills and strategies for the promotion of Indigenous rights, both through the diaspora and within Nepal. The objectives of the program was:



To provide participants with knowledge of human rights standards and mechanisms relevant to the rights of Indigenous peoples, and to build their skills to use these mechanisms effectively, including through strategic advocacy;



To identify issues that prevent Indigenous peoples from fully enjoying their human rights, and to identify possible mechanisms for redress of violations;



To build the capacity of participants to participate in and engage effectively with government and other public and private institutions, to promote better governance and ensure respect for Indigenous rights.