Promoting Human Rights in Nepal

Building community through common ground.

The Challenge

From 1996 to 2006, civil war in Nepal engaged Maoists and government forces in an armed conflict that claimed the lives of 17,000 people and displaced an estimated 100,000 more. The Institute for Peace and Justice began working with political leaders at the local and national levels to promote peacebuilding in Nepal at the peak of the decade-long conflict. We have since responded to members of civil society, security forces, youth and women to help them build peaceful, inclusive communities.

Our Emphasis: Inclusive Participation

We take a "whole community" approach to peacebuilding in Nepal. That means inviting everyone to the table, regardless of background or belief. We create opportunities for individuals and groups to share their experiences and communicate productively; gain mediation, negotiation and additional skills; and increase their knowledge of others.

Making Peace

In our 15 years of peacebuilding in Nepal alongside resident peacebuilders, we've witnessed the end of a 240-year monarchy through a people's uprising and the end of the Maoist civil war; the establishment of multiparty democracy (with the 2007 Interim Constitution) and two rounds of constitutional assembly elections; devastating earthquakes and the passing of a flawed constitution leading to violent unrest in the Terai region. We've also seen tremendous strength in the face of adversity. We're more resolved than ever to help this country achieve sustainable peace.