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Tamuwan Declaration issued; call for safeguarding federalism

KATHMANDU: The three-day extensive conference of the indigenous nationalities concluded here in the Tamuwan region on Tuesday by issuing a Tamuwan Declaration.
The Declaration calls for protecting the contributions to and the achievements of the indigenous nationalities’ movement in establishing the federal democratic republic in the country and for ensuring autonomy of the indigenous nationalities with the right to self determination coupled with the restructuring of the Nepali state while internalizing the basic identity and collective co-existence of the indigenous peoples.

The Declaration also strongly calls on the state and the big political parties for incorporating the Tamuwan province based on ethnic identity in the new constitution to be formulated within May 27.

It also warns of waging a movement in an organized manner if the federal units on non-ethnic lines were formed while federalizing the country.

The proposed 14 provinces, 22 autonomous regions and special and protected regions as recommended by the Constituent Assembly’s committee on state restructuring and division of state power by taking identity as the primary and capacity as the secondary bases while being positive should also incorporate the right to autonomy of the remaining ethnic communities which have been missed out by the committee, the Declaration reads.
Expressing solidarity to the different movements for autonomy taking place in various parts of the country including the movement for an autonomous Madhes and the Limbuwan autonomy movement in east Nepal, the indigenous nationalities’ conference also called for consolidating the joint movement against gender discrimination on women from the indigenous nationalities communities and the caste discrimination on the Dalits.

The conference also constituted the Tamuwan Joint Struggle Committee comprising representatives of ethnic organizations within the Tamuwan region for guaranteeing the right to self-determination, autonomy and political prerogative rights of the indigenous nationalities. RSS

Published Date: Tuesday, May 1st, 2012 | 06:21 PM

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