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[OPIRG-EVENTS] Political unrest in Nepal: Forums in Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver

CRY FOR PEACE: Understanding Political Unrest in Nepal

Public Forums in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver

Transgenus International and South Asia Partnership (SAP) Canada cordially
invite you to the "CRY FOR PEACE: Understanding Political Unrest in Nepal"
Public Forums to be held in Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver.


Date: Monday, March 26, 2001
Time: 7 PM
Place: Scarboro United Church, 134 Scarboro Ave. SW, Calgary

Date: Tuesday, March 27, 2001
Time: 12-2 PM
Place: University of Calgary, International Centre , Bio Science Building,
5th Floor, Room 525BCalgary


Date: Tuesday, March 27,2001
Time:  7-9 PM
Place: Edmonton, University of Alberta, International Centre

Date: Monday April 2, 2001
Time: 2 PM
Place: Simon Fraser University at Harbour Centre
Room 2200, Pembercon Security Executive Room, 515 West Hastings Street,

In many parts of Nepal, people are living in an environment of fear,
insecurity and uncertainty. In the course of a civil war between a Maoist
movement and government forces, hundreds of citizens in this Himalayan state
have been killed, thousands have fled their homes, and public and private
property worth millions of dollars has been looted or destroyed. Development
activities have stopped or slowed down, and the socio-economic conditions of
the people have worsened

In 1991, Nepal moved to a multi-party, democratic system of government.
Hopes were high for the new system but, after five years of the frustration
with political instability, the prevalence of corruption, a deteriorating
economic situation, and poor governance, a Maoist movement arose to
challenge the government. Once known as a peaceful country, Nepal has now
become a country where terrorism and violence are common. Unless steps are
taken quickly to find a peaceful solution, the situation will only get

To inform Canadians about the crisis in Nepal, Transgenus International, an
Alberta-based NGO, in collaboration with South Asia Partnership (SAP)
Canada, is holding these forums.

The goals of the forums are:

 To inform the public about the situation in Nepal.
 To identify how individuals, civil society, and the Government of Canada
can help to bring about peace in Nepal.
 To build up a cross-Canada network of people and organizations those have
interest in peace, development and good governance in Nepal.

For more information:
Sybille Manneschmidt
Transgenus International Society
Pincher Creek, Alberta

Phone: (403) 627-3915
Fax: (403) 627-3915
URL: www.canuck,com/transgenus


Faruq Faisel
Canadian Program Manager
South Asia Partnership (SAP) Canada
1 Nicholas Street, Suite 200
Ottawa Ontario K1N 7B7

Phone: (613) 241 1333, extension 226
Fax: (613) 241 1129
URL: www.sapcanada.org

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