Himalayan Human Rights Monitors (HimRights) is a non-governmental, non-partisan, and non-profit organization committed to defending the rights of poor, marginalized and socially excluded communities and individuals, with a special focus on women, children and youth. .

Protection and Promotion Human Rights
Protection and Promotion of Human Rights 

Earthquake Recovery through Empowerment, Leadership, and Reconstruction of Marginalized Survivors of Kathmandu Valley: HimRights successfully implemented the project ‘Earthquake Recovery through Empowerment, Leadership, and Reconstruction of Marginalized Survivors of Kathmandu Valley’ in Thecho and Khapinchhe, Lalitpur District. Thecho and Khapinchhe are selected as the target clusters because they were severely affected by April 2015 earthquake. Hundreds of houses turned into rubbles and dozens of lives were lost in these areas.

The objective of this project is to build capacity and leadership of earthquake survivors; facilitate them to access the government relief packages and services; and create dignified space to voice complex traditions and cultures of the Valley and earthquake policies with government stakeholders. Workshops: Human Rights and Earthquake Policies; Local Governance Process; Municipal Level Dialogue were conducted in both clusters with 300+ earthquake survivors; heard their stories and facilitated them to raise their voices and issues with Executive Officers of Municipalities, members of Parliament, National Reconstruction Authority and political parties.

The major issues raised: relief amount by the government is insufficient to demolish homes or even dispose the debris. The indigenous people living in old parts of the Valley for generations, many do not have any land or house ownership documents, which are crucial to claim government relief packages, preventing access to government relief. Moreover, majority is not familiar with government process, voiceless, have low political awareness, some cannot speak Nepali, their issues not integrated in policies, both government and most international community do not give attention needs and rights. The earthquake policy is not friendly for the indigenous inhabitants of Kathmandu Valley. Furthermore, it is not priority area for most of the bi-lateral, multi-lateral and I/NGO support, especially in inner cities which are most affected by the earthquake.

The project provided earthquake victims a platform to raise the burning issues to relevant stakeholders and highlight their specific issues in the national forum for addressal and policy change. The survivors have better linkages with ward and municipality officials.

Nepal Earthquake Relief Program: HimRights Crisis Support Fund is a social accountability initiative of Staff Members of this organization to support marginalized children, women and marginalized groups deprived of basic needs and rights. The massive earthquakes on April 25 and May 12 and continuous aftershocks left thousands of people injured, homeless and dead. Millions were forced to live in temporary shelters. From April 26 started the emergency support and raised support for earthquake survivors from friends and relatives to provide emergency food relief, medicines for health camps and temporary shelters. HimRights distributed food, blankets and tarps to 1067 families in most affected areas of Lalitpur, Kathmandu, Makwanpur, Rasuwa, Sindhupalchowk and Ramechap. Provided medical support to thousands of injured through health posts in Bungamati, Harisiddhi and Lubhu of Lalitpur; District Public Health Offices of Dolakha, Makwanpur and Nuwakot; health camps were conducted in Singati and Marbu of Dolakha, Ichangu and Sitapaila of Kathmandu and different VDCs of Sindhupalchwok; Paropkar Central Hospital and Kanti Children Hospital of Kathmandu.

Distributed and built temporary shelters in Lalitpur, Kathmandu and Makwanpur: 7 temporary homes with corrugated zinc roofs and bamboos to Pahari and Nagarkoti of Badikhel, Lalitpur and 7 Chepang families from Sarikhet, Makwanpur; 1 family from Lubhu, Lalitpur; 2 community shelters in Swoyambhu; and 6 classrooms in Shree Narayan Jan Secondary School, Machhegaon, Kathmandu.

Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) : HimRights in partnerships with Plan International Nepal established Child Friendly Spaces (CFS) in earthquake affected areas of Lubhu and Siddipur, Lalitpur district to help children cope with the psychosocial problems faced in earthquakes. CFS provided a safe place and empowerment for children to overcome anxiety, fear and leadership building. These spaces helped children to reduce their mental stress by interaction, artwork, dance, singing and playing with their friends and peers and provided alternative education. 721 children benefitted from the CFS. This was a great help for parents during this difficult time, this process also helped them to internalize the rights of the children.

Post December 2015 HimRights handed over the project to Lubhu Secondary School of Lubhu and Satya Youth Club of Siddipur and supported financially by local government for its continuation and further capacity building. They also allocated fund for Children's Park as safe space. Local community and local youth clubs has prioritized child protection and formed Child Protection Committee and Child Clubs. In addition, 16 awareness programs for 441 women and adolescents from different caste and ethnicities were conducted in the various earthquake-affected areas of Lubhu and Siddipur on Women Rights, Children Rights Protection, and Disaster Risk Management. HimRights continue to provide technical support to both these groups.

HimRights Lifeline: This is an integral part of the organization; HimRights is monitoring and documenting human rights violations in Makwanpur, Bara, Banke and Kathmandu Valley.  HimRights Lifeline (2004-2012), monitored, reported, fact finding, and response mechanism was the impartial platform to report and for rapid response to address grave human rights violations during the armed conflict. HimRights documented and 4000+ cases of grave human rights violations during the armed conflict and provided emergency, legal, medical support to the victims of conflict, prevented re-arrests of innocent, filed heabus corpus, and reintegration. Based on the complaints registered by people, Lifeline successfully resolved the problems through negotiation with concerned stakeholders. Toll free telephone numbers were provided for access to LifeLine from all parts of the country. Regular media monitoring was conducted to document human rights violations for trend and fact-finding.  LifeLine was expected to address socio-cultural-economic violations too.

HimRights was a founder member of Partnerships for Protecting Children in Armed Conflict (PPCC) established in 2005 as a child protection network of national and international organizations. PPCC documented 1274 cases of child rights and education related violations during the project period. Similarly, 104 cases of sexual violations documented.  Provided emergency support, rescue, mediation, medical support, scholarships, transportation, reintegration, relief and counseling services to 99 survivors. Legal support was provided for cases of rape, domestic violence and gender based violence. As a member of Mine Action Working Group, HimRights has conducted mine awareness programs within schools and communities, and provided emergency and logistic support for the child survivors of Improvised Explosive Device (IED). District level awareness programs on human rights, child rights and reconciliation workshops conducted in its working districts.

Published bi-annual Human Rights Situation Report; shared with human rights organizations, NHRC, embassies, UN Security Council and international HR mechanisms.  

Girl Child Consultations: HimRights, in collaboration with Beyond Beijing Committee (BBC), coordinated First and Second Girl Child National Consultations in September 4-9, 2007 and December 18 _21, 2010. Children from 31 districts across the country raised their experiences and priorities; followed by interaction with parliamentarians and high-level ministerial representatives and media; submitted their issues to the law and policy makers. Girls aged between 11-18, from child clubs,  in and out of school, conflict affected/mine victims, trafficking/circus survivors, Kamlari, Badi, restaurant workers, orphaned, intellectually challenged, sexually exploited, children in conflict with law, slum, HIV affected, substance abuse, religious minority, Dalit (Hill and Terai), Raji, Madheshi and indigenous groups participated in the program. These were excellent examples of girl child friendly spaces with least interference from adults and right based participatory approach.

Sexual exploitation, violation of right to freedom, child marriage, discrimination, education, child labor, disability, and conflict affected children and girl child participation; these are major nine issues identified and prioritized by participants. The collaborating partners of the Consultations as project priorities, lobby and advocacy implemented the priority issues.

Youth Action Fund:  HimRights conducted this program to build capacity and leadership development of the youth. Conducted workshops in 33 districts to priorities issues, write proposal and budget and supported through the entire implementation period of each individual project. Many of the participants were successful and integrated in bigger local projects. 80 participants successfully submitted their proposals, awarded, majority USD 1000 each, 2008-2010.

Collaborative Leadership and Dialogue for Peace, Security and Local Development: HimRights conducted district level and VDC level public dialogues on various social issues relating to public services in collaboration with INSEC, Fatima Foundation, and HURON. It aimed to develop collaborative leadership and dialogue for peace, security and local development in the target areas. Furthermore, HimRights organized trainings for district and community level stakeholders. The reported cases were related to financial transaction, land and properties, domestic violence and others social disputes. As a member organization of District Local Peace Committee, we have played supportive role in establishing VLPCs in different VDCs.
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