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Presentation on Human Rights Violations in Nepal

Invites you to a presentation on:

Human Rights Violations in Nepal

Dr. Sybille Manneschmidt
Chairperson, Transgenus International

Date: Wednesday, April 5, 2000
Time: 12:00 - 14:00

Venue: Conference Room (202)
Second Floor
1 Nicholas Street

This February, Dr. Sybille Manneschmidt investigated human rights violations
in Nepal that have impacted upon her organization's health education
project. Transgenus International supports a women and children's health
group in the northern area of Rolpa District, in the midwestern region of
Nepal in a Kham Magar Village.  Transgenus has been involved in the
community since 1995.

Manneschmidt, an Albertan, has just returned from traveling in the area
where she witnessed an alarming escalation in human rights violations that
have been ongoing in the area since 1996. Many of the villagers she has
visited in the past have simply disappeared. Those who have managed to stay
in their villages live in fear.

The conflict between the Nepali government and Maoist insurgents is
destroying small village communities in outlying areas and has reversed any
grass-roots development in these highly impoverished areas.

During Dr.Manneschmidt's stay in Dhang district she conducted interviews
with affected villagers, human rights activists, lawyers and journalists.
People had either personally been threatened or had witnessed atrocities
being perpetrated by police or
Maoist guerrillas. They reported murders and torture, as well as missing
relatives and neighbours. Many of the villagers have been jailed and seen
their homes destroyed. Villagers requested her to tell the international
community: " We are not just smiling Sherpas; we are getting killed".

Please RSVP by phone, fax or e-mail to:

Faruq Faisel, SAP Canada
Phone: (613) 241-1333, Fax: (613) 241-1129, E-mail: sap@web.net
Faruq Faisel
Canadian Program Manager
South Asia Partnership (SAP) Canada
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 200
Ottawa Ontario K1N 7B7

Phone: (613) 241 1333
Fax: (613) 241 1129
URL: www.sapcanada.org

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