The 16th Community Radio Station in Bangladesh, Community Radio SagarDwip 99.2, to broadcast Programs Officially

Hatiya, a small island, situated in the mouth of the river Meghna and the coast of Bay of Bengal under Noakhali District. It is known as a disaster-prone Upazila with unprivileged community.

The people of the Upazila are living with natural disaster and adverse environment. River erosion, tornado, storm, cyclone make their daily life immeasurable. Lack of education, malnutrition, unemployment, laps and gaps of knowledge flow and insufficient power supply situation deprive the communities from modern facilities. Life and livelihood of four and half millions people are insecure here due to poor transportation, communication system and lack of information technology services.

Reducing the sufferings of the people of Hatiya, Dwip Unnayan Sangstha (DUS) has been initiating to establish a community radio station in this area in line with Disaster Risk Reduction(DRR).

The 16th Community Radio station in Bangladesh the Community Radio Sagar Dwip 99.2 is going to broadcasting its programs officially on November 12, 2015.

Towards socio-economic and cultural betterment, however, it is expected that the radio station will play a vital role through broadcasting its program related to disaster risk reduction and upgrading the standard of their life and livelihood.

Now 15 Community Radio Stations are on-air in the country, aiming to ensure empowerment and right to information for the rural community. They are broadcasting altogether 125 hours program per day on information, education, local entertainment and development motivation activities. Around 1000 Youth Women & Youth are now working with those stations throughout the country as rural broadcasters within 5.6 million rural people in 67 upazillas under 13 districts.

Bangladesh NGOs Network for Radio and Communication (BNNRC) actively works to improve recognition of the community electronic media sector [Community Radio | Community TV | Community Film] & its work in and involvement with the communities it seeks to serve from 2000 with support from Free Press Unlimited.

Source: BNNRC

Nepal: UN Members deeply concerned about caste discrimination and untouchability

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PRESS RELEASE issued jointly by the Nepal Dalit National Social Welfare Organisation (NNDSWO), Dalit NGO Federation (DNF), The Feminist Dalit Organisation (FEDO) and the Jagaran Media Center (JMC) on behalf of the Dalit Civil Society Organisations Coalition and by the International Dalit Solidarity Network (IDSN).

UN Nepal UPR Review calls for effective implementation of Caste-Based Discrimination law

(Geneva, November 5, 2015) – Seventeen United Nations member states raised their concerns and recommendations on caste discrimination at the United Nations Periodic Review of Nepal, urging the Government, in particular, to ensure effective implementation of the Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability Act of 2011.

Member states noted the weak implementation of the law, poor case investigation, and continued widespread caste discrimination urging the Government in particular to ensure effective implementation of the Caste-Based Discrimination and Untouchability Act of 2011. They recommended that Nepal sets in place effective measures and a concrete strategy to implement the law on caste-based discrimination.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Kamal Thapa pointed to “zero tolerance against discrimination” guaranteed with the newly adopted Constitution (adopted on 20 September 2015). He underlined that all forms of discrimination based on caste, religion and gender are punishable by law. He recognized that these social practices continue, but emphasized that with strong legislation and infrastructure in place he believed “the social evil will come to an end”.

Members states also raised concern over the continued widespread practices of caste discrimination and called on Nepal to strengthen its efforts and effectively implement existing laws and policies aimed at ending and preventing all forms of discrimination, in particular against women and Dalits, and to take concrete steps to translate anti-discrimination efforts into concrete practice on the ground.

The situation of violence against women in Nepal, concern at the level of trafficking in persons especially Dalit women and girls, and the numerous reports of caste-based violence and discrimination call for specific action member states said.  States commended the government for promulgation of the Constitution and also urged the adoption of public policies to eliminate all forms of discrimination, including against Dalits, women, indigenous peoples and minorities. States raised particular concerns of equal access to education for Dalits and reports on discrimination of Dalits in the relief and rehabilitation after the earthquake prompted recommendations on ensuring non-discriminatory access in relief efforts.

In its response to the recommendations, the Government noted that Dalit access to justice is a priority and referred to the development of an integrated action plan.

Commenting on the review, Bhakta Bishwakarma, National President of Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO) said, “We acknowledge that the Government has taken strides over the past years to ensure Dalit rights through legislative measures. However, we are demanding a national action plan to eliminate caste discrimination and an effective coordinating mechanism to oversee its implementation.  There is also a need for state led public campaigns and institutional reform, as we have noted with deep concern that the state is yet to fulfil its strong commitment for inclusive and non-discriminatory institutions”.

The Government of Nepal is due to respond to the UPR recommendations on 6 November.

Contact:

Rem Bahadur B.K., President, Jagaran Media Center, rembk@jagaranmedia.org.np, +977 9851086809

Bhakta Bishwakarma, National President, Nepal National Dalit Social Welfare Organization (NNDSWO), gbkbhakta@yahoo.com  +977-9851084469

Rikke Nöhrlind, Executive Director, International Dalit Solidarity Network, rn@idsn.org / Tel. +45 29700630

Further information

Human Rights Situation of the Dalit Community in Nepal, Dalit Civil Society Organisations Coalition and IDSN Joint UPR Submission Nepal November 2015

For an overview of the most essential recommendations see also: Key recommendations for the Universal Periodic Review of Nepal, 23rd UPR Session, 4 November 2015.

Note on country recommendations at the Nepal 2015 Universal Periodic Review

IDSN Nepal country profile page