Right to Housing, Forced Evictions and Human Rights
By Dr Gyan Basnet
Wednesday, 05 June 2013 16:28
For people to enjoy an adequate standard of living they first need a place in which to live. Man is basically a social being and as such needs to live in collectives in a safe, secure and meaningful habitat.
Democratisation is a process which transcends a society from authoritarian to more open and more participatory form of government in which the sovereignty of the people is recognised as the supreme source of political power. Democracy is a form of government in which it is intended that the government’s actions and policies reflect the will of the people. In the final quarter of the 20th century, the world had seen a dramatic transformation of political landscape.
Elections are the very foundation of democracy. They are vital for the common understanding and practice of democratic systems. An election is the formal decision-making process by which the people choose individuals to hold public office.
Food, Health and Energy requirements are the three key challenges to sustain an increasing global population in the 21st century. Smart and environmentally friendly research and technology innovations based on organic semiconductors, photo voltaic solar cells, nano structure of carbon such as graphene (nanowires, quantum dots), stem cells, and gene therapy are shaping our future and creating new boundaries to achieve targets.
Nepal is currently at cross roads. Issues like ethnicity and federalism are causing great dispute. The constitution has not been drafted. Our nation is perhaps seeking a new identity. How shall we henceforth identify ourselves?
Nepal’s failure to establish a credible transitional justice mechanism to investigate the cases of serious human rights violation has also reignited the debate whether we strive for peace at all costs.