As the globe marks World Refugee Day 2018,

There are tens of millions of forcibly displaced people worldwide as a result of persecution, conflict, violence, or human rights violations. Such people, also termed as ‘persons-of-concern’, include refugees, internally displaced people, returnees, stateless persons and others of concern. By the end of 2017, the population of ‘persons-of-concern’ were some 71.4 million around the world, [...]

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Gwangju Uprising Inspires Asian Declarations on Rights to Justice, Peace & Culture

Originally published by The Korea Herald, click HERE to acccess the same. While the people of Gwangju and South Korea were commemorating the 38th anniversary of the Gwangju Uprising, human rights activists and the activists of democratic movements in different countries of Asia gathered at the city of Gwangju to discuss the pertinent issues of human [...]

Citizenship and naturalisation

Madhesis do not want provisions that might compromise their relations with people across the border The debate over the citizenship has once again flared up in Nepal as the government is set to register an amendment proposal in Parliament to modify the constitution for the second time. One of the key issues for the amendment [...]

Quake victims in Pokhara want to return home

I translated this Nepali story into English for Republica (original link) By Keshav Sharan Lamichhane POKHARA, May 20: The displaced locals of Gorkha, who have been taking shelter in Pokhara, have expressed their wish to return home, saying they no longer want to stay in temporary shelters. Maya Gurung, who had been forced to move [...]

Nepalis United: Aftermath of Earthquakes in Nepal

Life devastated by April 25 great earthquake was crawling back to normalcy when, all of a sudden, another powerful earthquake (aftershock) jolted the nation on May 12, on the 18th day after the first quake. It has terrorized people. However, unity among Nepalis has provided healing touch to the affected people. I had two different [...]

Feature Story: Hollywood actor Jaswant Shrestha raises fund for Nepali earthquake victims

I originally wrote this for Republica.   KATHMANDU, May 7: Once as a young actor and director of some Nepali music videos and award-winning documentaries, Jaswant Dev Shrestha, whose passion has led him to work in the Hollywood industry, is now on a fundraising drive to help earthquake victims in Nepal. The 7.8 magnitude earthquake [...]

Devastating Earthquake of April 25: Desperate times

I originally wrote this for Republica. All of a sudden, all electronic gadgets in my room were automatically turned off Saturday noon. I had been working on my laptop at the time. At that inauspicious time when the clock showed 11:56, my bed started to shakeand the TV set almost jumped at me. I rushed [...]