ESCR Alternate Report

The International Convention on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) Civil society parallel report was prepared in the coordination of CSRC along with the support of INSEC, Lutheran World Federation (LWF), International Land Coalition (ILC) and Rural Reconstruction Nepal (RRN). The ESCR committee members also provided their support to the report writing process. Following the submission of the report to ICESCR committee, a pre session was conducted on 2nd -6th December 2013 at Geneva, Switzerland. Prior to this, a lobby note was prepared to share with the committee. The final session was held on 17th to 21st November 2014 at Geneva, Switzerland. The concluding remarks by the committee with regards to the report submitted by Nepal included some positive remarks as well as recommendations. Some of their recommendations are as follows : 

- The state guarantee the right of indigenous people to own, use and develop their ancestral lands, territories and resources so as enable them to fully enjoy their economic, social and cultural rights.
-Provide displaced families and groups with fair and adequate compensation.
-The Committee is concerned at the persistent inequality between men and women with regard to the rights of inheritance, land ownership and assets.
- The State party take adequate measures to effectively implement its non-discrimination legislation in order to allow women to exercise their rights to inherit, to own land and assets in their name.
-The Committee recommends that the State party increase its efforts to ensure that freed bonded labourers are entitled to full rehabilitation and integration, in particular through access to fertile lands for cultivation, access to housing, food, health, education and vocational training for income generating- activities and employment.
-Enact legislation to determine the circumstances and safeguards under which evictions can take place and ensure that evictions are only used as a last resort.
-Ensure that victims of forced evictions are provided with alternative housing or adequate compensation.
-Address structural causes of poverty, hunger and malnutrition through measures in the fields of health and education, land reform and distribution, especially for the landless, tenants, smallholders and disadvantaged and marginalized individuals and groups.