Introduction
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. .

 
 
 
 
Peace Building & Reconciliation
 

Peace Building and Reconciliation Workshop: 30 Peace Building and Reconciliation workshops were conducted in various districts of five development regions with the objective of sharing experiences from both sides of survivors, generate empathy, empowerment, positive self image and confidence, leadership building and access to justice. The primary target groups: women and children directly affected by armed conflict including ex-soldiers, survivors of sexual and physical violence, imprisoned, tortured, landmine victims, and others victims of armed conflict. The workshop was a safe and dignified platform for trauma healing; sharing their experience of victimhood and transcending need for revenge, building empathy and compassion for opposing sides, with major focus on their empowerment to seek access to justice.

Public Hearing: Successfully organized 30 Public Hearings with more than 1100 children and 300 women. These were platform for women, adolescent girls and boys affected by the armed conflict to raise their issues, express their grievances and question stakeholders on issues such as disappearances, killings, torture, rape, sexual abuse, return of land and or homes, compensation (education, health, income generation/skill development etc), reintegration, transitional justice, reconciliation and reparation etc. It provided opportunities for women and girls to obtain direct answers and solutions from relevant stakeholders. The program sensitized and created awareness on rights and accountability of stakeholders by facilitating a positive environment for ‘Peace Building and Reconciliation’. Many policies have positively formulated as the outcome of these programs and many have been able to get relief packages from government.

HimRights also conducted Public Hearings especially focusing on Convention on the Rights of Children. It played key role in redressal of human rights violations, including education, recreations, health rights, socio-economic, rights to be treated humanely in the context of street children, domestic workers etc. This proved to be an empowering process for them to claim their rights by themselves.
Reconciliation through Artwork: 16 reconciliation workshops were conducted with children directly affected by the decade long armed conflict. The use of art in these workshops became very rewarding and healing experience for children.  Furthermore, graffiti on child rights, Paris Principles to Protect Children from Recruitment and Use by Armed Groups. They got opportunity to express their experiences and voices in the form of artwork as drawing, poems, songs and personal stories. Directly witnessed angry, violent, and forlorn children all parts of the country overcome the need to take revenge and transform into happy children, sharing their stories, and becoming friends and empathetic with victims from opposing sides. Similarly, 10 Reconciliation Workshops were conducted from their lens with 300 community people including parents, teachers, social leaders, journalist and NGOs for the effective reintegration of conflict-affected children.

Pictorial Book and Exhibitions: The children’ experiences of conflict were expressed through drawings, poems, personnel stories and artwork during the reconciliation workshops was exhibited in 14 working districts, national and international level. The purpose was to sensitize community members, stakeholders at local, national, and international on the status and impact of armed conflict on children. The vivid graphic presentation of artwork became a powerful to sensitize people at larger level to lobby to address the issues and stop the armed conflict. Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy, UN Under-Secretary-General and Special Representative inaugurated a national level exhibition on December 5-10, 2008. The artworks was produced as “Reconciliation: Voices and Experiences of Children Affected by Armed Conflict”.

We produced other two comic/pictorial books titled “Farewell to Firearms" with children in their experience of armed conflict and “Path to Reconciliation” on root causes of conflict, and what’s reconciliation for them. Used three publications massively to raise awareness, lobby and advocate at national and international level. We were integral part of lobbying the issues in UN Security Council Working Group and Group of Friends on Children and Armed Conflict, similarly, to UNICEF, DPKO, SRSG – CAAC office and sessions for Paris Principles, Declaration on Principles and Guidelines on Children in Armed Conflict and DDR, organized by French Government and UNICEF.

Ensuring Participatory and Secure Transition (EPST):  HimRights worked on the UN Resolution 1325 and 1820 and NAP with various activities such as capacity building of local peace committee, conflict affected women, civil society organizations, seed grant to conflict victims and training to girls and women for civil service examinations preparation were conducted. All the activities concluded in close coordination with District Administration Office, District Development Committee, Women Development Office, Birgunj Sub-metropolitan city, Local Peace Committee and media agencies. HimRights has reformed the District Coordination Committee and developed district action plan based on NAP. Similarly, HimRights, Parsa was successful in inaugurating the peace memorial in Laxmanuwa Park in the memory of known and unknown martyrs of the decade long armed conflict on July 18th, 2014. HimRights was given certificate of appreciation by Women Development Office, Parsa for his outstanding contribution towards the issues of women, children and youth.
The EPST project has strengthened the capacity of concerned stakeholders like DCC, LPC for the implementation of NAP 1325 & 1820. Before this project, the activities of DCC and LPC were not seen in an active manner. But after the implementation of EPST, the DCC members have been able to stand in a common platform for the action and implementation of NAP 1325 and 1820 and the activities related to DCC and LPC has been increased in the district level.

Conflict Management and Peace Building (CMPB): HimRights conducted CMPB project in Banke district since 2009. The main objective was to minimize direct and structural political conflicts/violence, as well as to establish a culture of peace, coexistence and harmony. District level interactions and peace dialogues have been organized with district stakeholders, civil society, and religious groups with marginalized, youth and women, local political parties; religious, communal and ethnic leaders, conflict victims. Five Village Mediation Groups (VMGs) have been formed in Kachanapur, Rajhena, Bankatwa, Gangapur and Chisapani . VMGs are playing active role in monitoring and solving local disputes at local level as well as establishing Village Local Peace Committees (VLPCs). VMGs in Banke mediated 85 out of 98 reported cases from five VDCs, 2010. As the outcome of the HimRights CMPB program in Banke, women's representations in Village Council, Program Monitoring Committee, Consumer Groups etc. In Ban Katuwa VDC there are 4 women heading the Committee, earlier only one woman was the head. Wherever, there are provisions for women to participate, those posts are filled by women and expanding.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
     
  Reconciliation 2010-11  
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  Reconciliation Report 1 and 2 2010 - 2011  
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  Human Right Situation Nepali May-August 2012  
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  Human Right Situation Nepali September-December 2012  
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  Human Right Situation.Nepali May-June 2010  
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  Human Right Situation 1Nepali March-April 2010  
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Mural painting Program
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Community Level Awareness program
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Blood Donation
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Children Art Exibition
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Reconciliation for Sustainable Peacebuilding
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