Pressure group for indigenous peoples’ rightsThe Inter-Party Indigenous Network (IPIN) has been formed representing indigenous leaders from five major parties to create pressure for upholding the rights of the indigenous people.
The Inter-Party Indigenous Network (IPIN) has been formed representing indigenous leaders from five major parties to create pressure for upholding the rights of the indigenous people.
The IPIN was formed in coordination with the Nepal Federation of Indigenous Nationalities (Nefin) and the National Foundation for the Development of Indigenous Nationalities (NFDIN), taking in two leaders from each party.
The members include IB Gurung and Bahadur Singh Tamang from the Nepali Congress, Prithvi Subba Gurung and Gokul Gharti from the CPN-UML, Dev Gurung and Shree Prasad Jagebu from the CPN (Maoist Centre), and Rakam Chemjong and Chandra Bikram Rai from the Sanghiya Samajbadi Forum. Tamang, Gharti, and Jagebu are lawmakers who would play crucial roles in raising the issues of indigenous people in Parliament.
According to Nefin Chairman Jagat Baram, two indigenous leaders would be included from Deputy Prime Minister Bijay Kumar Gachhadar’s party Nepal Loktantrik Forum.
One of the senior most leaders Dev, Prithvi Subba and IB would be selected to lead the IPIN.
Since many of the demands being raised by the indigenous nationalities remained unaddressed even in the new constitution, IPIN was formed to fight for their rights both in Parliament and on the streets.
Chairman Baram said the first meeting of the IPIN would be held soon. Both Nefin and NFDIN would coordinate its meetings.