Nepal’s Peace Process - Democratisation and Constitution Making in Nepal since 2006

2015-03-04

On 4 March we were honoured to discuss Nepal's Peace Process with Dr Uddhab Pyakurel from Kathmandu University. The guest lecture entiteled 'Nepal’s Peace Process - Democratisation and Constitution Making in Nepal since 2006' was delivered at the Department of Peace and Conflict Research at Uppsala University.

Though the constitution drafted by the elected Constituent Assembly (CA) has been a long-pending demand of Nepalese, it remains only a promise even after Nepal society voted twice for the CA - in April 10, 2008 and November 4, 2013. Yet, as far as Nepal’s democratization process is concerned, one finds some remarkable achievements along with the Comprehensive Peace Accord that was signed in 2007 by the Maoist rebels and the government led by the Seven Party Alliance.

In his presentation Dr Uddhap Pyakurel discussed those successes of Nepal’s peace process, i.e. integration and rehabilitations of the Maoist combatants, engagement with the grievances of underrepresented groups by introducing policy of affirmative actions, etc. Pyakurel further explored commonalities and differences by comparing the compositions of two Constituent Assemblies, and discussed about possible future consequences in building a peaceful and democratic Nepal. 

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