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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 72

Nationwide protests erupt in Nepal against code of conduct

[b]Nationwide protests erupt in Nepal against code of conduct[/b]

[b] Kathmandu, 12 November, ( [/b]NGO Federation of Nepal organized nationwide protests on Friday against the controversial code of conduct issued by the government on Thursday. Protestors burnt copies of the code of conduct and staged rallies in Kathmandu as well as in most of the 75 districts in the country.

Police arrested protestors from demonstrations in several districts outside Kathmandu. Among the arrested were the important members of NGO Federation of Nepal, Durga Kumar Thapa and Bhagwati Chaudhary, NGO activists Sameer Jha and Jangali Singh and journalist Prakash Khatiwada.

The NGO Federation of Nepal is an umbrella organization of over 2,600 NGOs. The federation, through an emergency meeting Thursday, had decided to defy the ordinance totally.

The code of conduct bars NGOs and INGOs from disseminating information to the public, totally restricting them from bringing to light rights abuses by the state. It also expands government control over I/NGOs access to areas of work, and requires that they work in coordination with government agencies.

Several organizations including the United Nations have issued fresh condemnations to the draconian code.

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