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Asian Tribune is published by E-LANKA MEDIA(PVT)Ltd. Vol. 20 No. 77

Nepal’s social organizations to challenge code of conduct...

[b]Nepal’s social organizations to challenge code of conduct at Int’l Court[/b]

[b]Kathmandu, 15 November, (;[/b] Nepal's non-governmental organizations will challenge the controversial code of conduct introduced by the government last week at International Court.

Chief of a leading rights organization the Informal Service Sector, Subodh Pyakurel said that the absence of justice in the country has opened the door to International Court for I/NGOs. “We are will definitely appeal at International Court, and fight in the streets as well," he said in Reporters’ Club Nepal on Monday.

Dr Gopal Krishna Siwakoti, executive director of INHURED International, said that nowhere in the world is a code of conduct enforced as law. He accused that the code has been brought to prevent rights workers from exposing rights violations. "Were it not for rights workers, incidents such as Doramba and Maina Sunuwar would never have come to light," he said.

President of NGO Federation, Dr Arjun Karki, said that Social Welfare Council is not a competent authority to draft a code for NGOs. "The code says that we have to follow the behavior of the government. Whose behavior? Tulsi Giri's? Jagat Gauchan's," he thundered. When asked what NGOs would do if the government revokes their licenses for defiance of the code, he said, "We don't care. What is the use of running an NGO being a slave of the government?"

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